GOVT 3557

GOVT 3557

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

Do you want to learn the discussion-based case method as taught at the Harvard Business School? Do you want to learn how to write a long research paper? Do you not want to take a final examination? If so this course may be for you. Since the beginning of the republic, American intellectuals, politicians and businessmen have extolled the exceptionalism of America. In a world of diverse forms of capitalism, can this view be sustained? Is America a shining city on the hill or a darkened city in the valley? Comparison is an effective way to discern and assess what is unique and what is general in the distinctive form of America's capitalist democracy. In this course the liberal market economy of the United States with its distinctive strengths and weaknesses is put side-by-side with different forms of liberal, corporatist and statist market economies that characterize different European countries in the emerging European polity. The diversity of capitalism points to one overarching conclusion: all of these countries are arguably capitalist, democratic market economies belonging to "the West;" and each of them has distinctive strengths and weaknesses. Like all other countries, America is ordinary in mobilizing its formidable capacities and displaying its glaring weaknesses as it copes with change. 

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS)
Course Subfield (AM,CP, IR)

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AEM 3557ILRIC 3557

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16538GOVT 3557  LEC 001

  • 16710GOVT 3557  DIS 201

  • 16711GOVT 3557  DIS 202

  • 16712GOVT 3557  DIS 203

  • 16713GOVT 3557  DIS 204