POLITICS OF WESTERN EUROPE: Undergraduate and graduate-level; online

This course familiarizes students with the politics of Europe with an emphasis on Western European states, their domestic political and political economic institutions, as well as the process of European integration. The first part of the course covers a broad range of topics pertaining to domestic political institutions such as executives and legislatures, electoral systems, party politics, government formation and coalitions. Next, we survey various national systems of political economy and compare different forms of welfare states. The last part of the course focuses on European integration, where we discuss three key questions: how did the EU come about, what does it do, and what does the future look like—is the EU here to stay or is it going to wither away?