This course will look at the role of mass movements, governmental leadership, and lawyers as we explore internal and external efforts to influence governmental, individual, and institutional policies and actions. We will examine diverse ideological goals, assess a range of political and legal approaches, and gauge outcomes. The course will explore several arguments around change: 1) big problems are rarely resolved with comparably big solutions, but instead are better met with small acts of reform; 2) coalition-building among strange bedfellows is usually indispensable; 3) agents of change fare best when they look to measure their impact and never lose sight of the real world results they seek, rather than the expressive highs along the way; 4) informational cascades are possible and critical; and 5) group polarization can be both desirable and dangerous.
Also offered by the Law School as 2578. Please note, priority registration is granted to HKS and HLS students, with minimal (if any) openings for cross-registrants.
***PROFESSORS’ NOTE ABOUT THE FIRST CLASS: Any student wishing to enroll in the class (but whose registration is still pending) will be expected to attend the first class session on Wednesday, September 5th at 3pm at the Law School and have done all the readings and be prepared to participate fully in the discussion. The required readings can be found on the course’s canvas page under the syllabus tab.