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The University of Nottingham

The Politics of Economics and the Economics of Politicians

The University of Nottingham via FutureLearn


How does economics impact on politicians? And how do politicians impact on economics?

You will study both contemporary economics and the political leaders who have put key economic theories into practice throughout history.

Learn from experts in the field

The course is led by Sir Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham.

You will also learn from leading economists at the University of Nottingham, including Head of School Professor Kevin Lee and Professor of Political Economy Cecilia Testa.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in economics and politics, and for those studying economics at pre-university or undergraduate level. No previous experience or qualifications are required.


  • Introduction, Alexander Hamilton, and Sir Robert Peel
    • Politics and Economics
    • Alexander Hamilton
    • Sir Robert Peel and Free Trade
  • The Meiji Emperor, President Franklin D Roosevelt, and Ludwig Erhard
    • The Meiji Emperor
    • President Franklin D Roosevelt
    • Ludwig Erhard
  • Margaret Thatcher, Deng Xiaoping, and Conclusions
    • Margaret Thatcher
    • Deng Xiaoping
    • Conclusion: Politics and Economics


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