West European Studies | British Politics
W405 | 0676 | Summers


1:10-2:25p WH 009
Meets with POLS Y331
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This course will survey the politics and government of the United
Kingdom.  In addition to acquainting ourselves with the British
political system itself, the course will give us the opportunity to
examine Britain from the perspectives of various theories of
politics.  We will consider issues such as Britain's changing
structures of government; Conservatives, Social Democrats, and
the "Third Way"; Britain in (and out of) Europe; policy issues from
welfare to warfare; Northern Ireland; individual and human rights;
and other perennial and timely topics.  Much of our focus will be
upon situating Britain within comparative and theoretical contexts,
to reveal how understanding politics in Britain can help us to
understand politics more generally.  And finally, if current
predictions hold, we should also get the opportunity this summer to
follow the run-up to, or the immediate aftermath of, a British
general election.

The primary text will be Budge, et al., "The New British Politics"
(2nd Ed.), as well as selected outside readings.  Course requirements
include exams, a short (5-7 pg.) paper, and in-class exercises.