This programme addresses the practice of politics in the ‘real-world’, in which every political choice is simultaneously an economic act, and every economic decision has indelible political consequences. By studying the connections between economics, politics, and public policy, you’ll explore how political conflict and economic cooperation go hand in hand. You’ll see that the most important political questions we face concern the economic rules we use to coordinate our activity. You’ll develop the tools to explore and understand these political economic questions. You’ll see that the government actors who seek to address these questions in practice–from the most powerful Cabinet ministers to the bureaucrats who work at the street level–face the same basic dilemmas and difficulties as every other human in history. Put differently, our political economic questions and problems are inescapably social, and have their roots in even the most mundane of our daily activities. It has taken economists almost a hundred years for economists to fully understand this, and you’ll see on this programme that the political, social and economic implications of this fact have still yet to be elaborated. With the skills provided by, and in the modules studied within the BA Economics, Politics and Public Policy degree programme, you’ll be a part of this fascinating on-going project.