An exploration of the past and future agenda of progressives, whether self-described as liberals or as leftists. What should they propose, now that they no longer believe in the usefulness of governmental direction of the economy or in the sufficiency of redistributive social programs? A basic concern is the relation of programmatic thought to the understanding of change and constraint.
The course will draw on many disciplines and consider examples from many settings. It will try to develop ways of thinking as well as proposals for change. Readings from classic and contemporary social and political theory.
Extended take-home examination.
Jointly offered by the Law School and FAS.