Democracy, Development and Dignity
Instructor(s): Evan Lieberman
Course level: Graduate
Offered this Academic Year: Yes
Course term: Fall
Course number: 17.954
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.