Political Science | Advanced Industrial Democracies
Y657 | 3967 | Rohrschneider


This seminar about West European politics introduces participants to
a range of issues that concern analysts of Western Europe and, more
broadly, advanced industrialized democracies. Therefore, this class
is not just a survey of West European countries. Rather, using
Western Europe as a "testing ground," the seminar's analytical goal
is to introduce participants to several issues that preoccupy
analysts of advanced democracies. You may thus conceive of the
seminar as an Approaches and Issues class about advanced democracies.
Accordingly, the seminar's thematic focus will change on an almost
weekly basis. Topics include Institutional Systems, Party systems,
Political Culture, Modernization and Economic Theories of Democracy,
and Coalition Theories. In addition to weekly memos on the assigned
reading material, course requirements include a term paper, a final
exam, and, above all, thoughtful contributions to seminar discussions.