London

The Government Department’s Foreign Study Program takes place each year during the fall term. In affiliation with the London School of Economics, it focuses on international relations and comparative politics.

Applications

The application deadline for the fall 2018 London Program is February 1, 2018.  If you have questions about the London Program, feel free to contact Professors Russell Muirhead, Daryl Press, Jennifer Lind, John Carey, Joseph Bafumi, or Jeremy Horowitz. More detailed information may be obtained from The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education, 44 North College Street or on their website.

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for this program consist of any two of the following three courses: Government 4, Government 5, or Government 6.

Professor Russell Muirhead will lead the program in Fall of 2018.  The LSE professors participating in the program are Eiko Thielemann, who teachings GOVT 90 and Christopher Alden, who teaches GOVT 91.

Coursework While on the FSP

Students receive three course credits while on the London FSP. Students take two seminars taught by the London School of Economics faculty and one taught by Professor Muirhead of Dartmouth College.

Govt 92 - Fall 2018 - Russell Muirhead

Democracy and Capitalism

In the early 1930’s, young people being graduated from college had a fundamental choice to make: whether to identify with fascism or communism.  The third great alternative—one might call it “liberalism,”—stood for democracy in politics and a capitalist economy, and was discredited by the political incapacity of representative legislatures and the mass unemployment generated by markets. 

By the 1990’s liberalism was everything: aside from theocratic stirrings in the Middle East, few disputed that democracy in politics and markets in the economy constituted the best way human beings can structure their politics and economy.

Yet amid rising inequality in capitalist economies and a growing sense that political power has been bought by wealthy interests, one might question how satisfying the formula for the “end of history” actually is.  Can capitalism be harnessed to the common good? Can a capitalism economy be a moral economy? Should we rather place our allegiance in a fundamental alternative to capitalism? And—though this is a separate subject—we also ask whether democracy remains the best form of politics.