Economic, Political, and Social Institutions


Surveys theories of institutions based on economic, political and social perspectives with three parts: (1) an examination of what institutions are, how they originate, how they change, and why they often don't change; (2) consideration of the effects of different institutional arrangements on development, growth, and stability in nations; (3) normative theories of evaluation and comparison - are some institutions better than others, and how could we tell? Covers selections from Aristotle, Buchanan, Dewey, Durkheim, Marx, North, Ostrom, Weber, as well as other thinkers. Prerequisite: introductory course in political philosophy. Instructor: Munger

Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • SS
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