Why do individuals, groups, and societies make repeated, and often easily predictable mistakes? Why do they persist in courses of action that produce disastrous results? Why is it that in the political world good intentions are insufficient to ensure good results? This course employs the political science analytical toolkit to answer these questions and examines an array avoidable disasters, from the local to the international.
POL486H1 (Topics in International Politics I: What Went Wrong? A Post Mortem of Political Disasters, Policy Failures and Marches of Folly), offered in Winter 2019 and Winter 2020; POL487H1 (Topics in International Politics II: What Went Wrong? A Post Mortem of Political Disasters, Catastrophic Policy Failures), offered in Winter 2018