The course will analyze the theory and practice of democracy, and draw on law as well as the social sciences. Questions to be considered include: What are the advantages and drawbacks of democracy relative to other forms of government? What are the roles of fair elections and free public discussion? Can rights precede legislation? Are rights preconditions or constraints on democracy? What is the role of courts in a democratic society?
Note: Enrollment will be limited to about 25.
Jointly taught with Professors Eric Maskin and Cass Sunstein