Political Economy (4632 words)

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Stewart Crehan (University of Zambia)
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Political economy is the theory of wealth and of how wealth is created and shared out in society. Its key concepts are production, distribution, exchange, and consumption. The word “economy”, originally spelt “oeconomy”, derives from oikos, a household, and nomos, law. The oikonomos in ancient Greece is one who manages and sets the laws of the household. In Homer's Odyssey Odysseus's real identity is inseparable from his status as ruler of his oikos in Ithaca, with its house, land, slaves, cattle and stored produce. The term économie politique, first coined by the philosophes of the French …

Citation: Crehan, Stewart. "Political Economy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 October 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1482, accessed 04 October 2022.]

1482 Political Economy 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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