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EUROPEAN POLITICS PROFESSOR KELEMEN Course: Political Science 311, Fall 2008 Time: Mon & Thurs 12:35- 1:55 PM Office hours: Thurs 2:00-4:00, Hickman Hall, room 606. (Douglass Campus), or by appointment Email: dkelemen@polisci.rutgers.edu Course Description and Objectives : This course provides an introduction to the contemporary politics of Western Europe. The course begins with a very brief historical introduction to the politics of Western Europe as it emerged after WWII. The remainder of the course is divided into 3 sections. The first section focuses on the institutions of national governments in Western Europe. Taking the US political system as a comparative point of reference, we will examine various forms of parliamentary government, electoral systems and their consequences, and patterns of interest group representation. We will answer questions such as: What is the difference between a Prime Minister and a President? How do proportional representation elections work? Why do European countries have multi-party systems? The second section of the course focuses on the comparative political economy of Europe. We will examine the expansion
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This note was uploaded on 07/25/2009 for the course POLS 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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