Democracy, Development and Dignity

Instructor(s): Evan Lieberman

Course level: Graduate

Offered this Academic Year: Yes

Course term: Fall

Course number: 17.954

Course description:

In this seminar, we will explore theories and evidence concerning the value of democratic politics, especially in terms of its relationship to development and respect for human dignity. The former has a rich intellectual lineage in political science and related social sciences, while the latter is less fully explored and/or discussed in disparate literatures. We will consider to what extent a focus on dignity and “indignities” enriches the study of a field otherwise known as the “Political-Economy of Development.” While the focus is largely on countries in the Global South, we will also discuss the American case in comparative perspective.