Hierarchy and Spontaneous Order: The Nature of Freedom in Political and Economic Organizations (C-N)
Course examines themes that emerge from the classics of political thought through contemporary work in the analytic social science tradition. Employs the tools of game theory to consider simple models of social and political interaction that shed light on the emergence of formal and informal institutions that govern individual behavior, and the role of these institutions in securing individual freedom. Reliance on analytic models is what differentiates this course from a historical or philosophical inquiry. Open only to students in the Focus Program. Department consent required.