Crises and disasters are always and everywhere political events. In this course we will explore these events, using the theories and methods of political science and economics. Our focus will be not just on the politics crises and disasters themselves but on how these events can serve as an analytical windows, allowing us to better view and appreciate some of the underlying incentives that always shape our domestic and international politics.

Throughout the semester we will illustrate these concepts by comparing cases. These stories will provide us with a common narrative for analysis and hopefully force us to think carefully about the difficult choices facing policymakers and the powerful incentives that guide them.

Fall 2015 Syllabus