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Fall 2011 - 61242 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Political Systems of Western Europe

Instructor(s): Givens, Terri
Unique Number: 61242
Day & Time: M 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Room: BAT 5.102
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

Western European political institutions are often used as the model and baseline for the study of political institutions around the world.  Many of the important works in comparative politics from the 1960s and 1970s based their research on the study of proportional representation, political parties, public opinion, and political economy in Europe.  However, Europe has experienced major change over the last 25 years, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the recent European Union enlargement, with Bulgaria and Romania increasing the size of the EU to 27 member states.  European integration, fiscal crisis and ethnic conflict have presented major challenges for the governments of Western Europe.  This course will examine some of the earlier classic studies of political systems in Europe, and works that look at how those institutions have changed more recently.

Grading Policy:
Weekly Assignments        50%
Take home exam        50%

Cross-listed with GOV 390L #38958