Political Science | West European Politics
Y335 | 15789 | Blarel


The objective of this course will be to introduce students to the
institutions and actors which have shaped political development in
Western Europe in the post-World War II period. The European context
will also be used to directly observe and compare different theories
and concepts from the comparative politics literature
(state-formation, constitutional design, political institutions,
political parties, elections and voting behavior, public opinion, and
European welfare state). Finally, this class will also discuss current
events and themes in European politics and society such as
immigration, European integration, and Welfare state reform.
Particular attention will be paid to political institutions and
processes in Britain, France, and Germany.