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Arthur Applbaum

Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values

This course examines the normative principles that are of great importance to political and economic development, and explores how choices in the design of institutions promote certain specifications of these normative principles and hinder others. The principles we examine include well-being, freedom, autonomy, equality, justice, and legitimacy. The institutional structures we explore include rule of law, majority rule, representation, professional bureaucracies, markets, and civil society. 

The course is required of, and open only to, candidates for the MPA in International Development degree at the Harvard Kennedy School.