- a social science dealing with political policies and economic processes, their interrelations, and their influence on social institutions.
- (in the 17th–18th centuries) the art of management of communities, especially as affecting the wealth of a government.
- (in the 19th century) a social science similar to modern economics but dealing chiefly with governmental policies.
- economics(def 1).
Origin of political economy
First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for political economy
I have finished Harriet Martineau's political-economy story, which I liked exceedingly.Records of a Girlhood
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- the former name for economics (def. 1)