Political Science | West European Elections/Parties
Y396 | 3571 | Rohrschneider
This class is designed to introduce students to public opinion and
electoral politics in Western Europe. As a geographical focus, the class
primarily (but not exclusively) discusses Germany, France and Great Britain.
Thematically, the seminar focuses on such topics as the role of political
parties in European politics, what is meant by the term "party government,"
and how political parties function internally. In addition, the class will
discuss the linkage between public opinion and political parties (based on
religious, economic, or ethnic cleavages), and how social movements may
affect traditional alignments between voters and political parties.
Finally, the class will discuss the role of public opinion in politics, how
citizens form attitudes in Western Europe, and what sources may change
citizens' attitudes on a range of different political issues.
ABOVE SECTION COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION
ABOVE SECTION OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY