INSTRUCTOR: DR. WILLIAM ANTHONY RIVERA
This course provides a foundation of the complex interplay between politics and economics, with an eye toward their role in an irregular warfare and post-conflict environments. The political scientist David Easton defines politics as, the “authoritative allocation of values in a society.” Economics, often considered the “dismal science,” is defined by the Oxford American English Dictionary as the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth. This course will focus on aspects of economics that refer to how people and institutions respond to incentives given scarcity—of money, other resources, and time. This course focuses on the intersection between political and economic considerations, demonstrating that one cannot separate the two. Hence, only by examining the relationship between them can a fuller picture of irregular warfare or post-conflict environments be fully understood.