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Unformatted text preview: POLITICAL SCIENCE 212B GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE DEVELOPED WORLD Winter Semester, 2012 Professor Hudson Meadwell Leacock 529 [email protected] Office hours: To be announced in class. Course Description This course provides an introduction to contemporary European politics. We will examine the political dynamics of (1) capitalist democracies (France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom), (2) political systems in East-Central Europe and (3) the European Union. Lectures and readings are organized key themes or issues that cut across cases or regions in Europe. Readings One textbook has been ordered for the class: Mark Kesselman and Joel Krieger (2009) [K&K] Sixth Edition European Politics in Transition New York: Houghton Mifflin. Note: There should also be copies of this text on the used book market. Note as well: the 6th edition. There also will be a course pack available at McGill Bookstore. The book and the course pack also will be available on 3-hour reserve in McLennan and Redpath Libraries. Course Evaluation Mid term 25% Term paper 20% Final exam 40% Conference attendance and participation 15% The date of the mid-term will be announced in one of our first class meetings. The date of the final exam is set by the University. The dates of final exams are usually announced toward the middle part of the semester. More detailed information regarding weekly conferences and conferences grades will be provided in the first week of classes. Term Paper The term paper should be 10 pages (typed, double-spaced). The paper is due on the last day of classes. More details about the format of the term paper will be provided in one of our first class meetings. [You will have a wide range of choice of topics and you also can suggest a topic, subject to approval by your teaching assistant or the professor.] Note: The course will be on WEBCT. Notes on readings will be provided on a regular basis on WEBCT. Lecture outlines [but not lecture content] will be provided for some topics. Other supplementary material will be available online as well. Course Topics and Readings Topic I The Historical Stage Mark Mazower, Dark Continent. Europe's Twentieth Century (1998), Chapter 1. Course Pack [CP] IBSN: 0-679-43809-2 Michael Howard, "Land of war, land of peace", Wilson Quarterly 21 (1997), pp. 30-36. [CP] Daniel Philpott, Revolutions in Sovereignty (2001), pp. 75-90. [CP] IBSN: 0-691-05746-x Valerie Bunce, "The historical origins of the East-West divide: civil society, political society, and democracy in Europe", in Nancy Bermeo and Philip Nord (eds.) Civil Society before Democracy: Lessons from nineteenth century Europe (2000), pp. 237-260. CP IBSN: 0-8476-9550-6 Richard Pipes, Russia under the Old Regime (1974), pp. 19-24, 64-71. [CP] NO IBSN Topic II. State and Nation Formation in Western Europe: Britain, France, Germany, Italy. Kesselman and Krieger, Chapters 1, 6, 11, 16. Topic III. Political Regimes. Kesselman and Krieger, pages 5-9; 13-27. Alan Siaroff, Comparing Political Regimes (2009), 2nd ed. Chapter 3. [CP] IBSN: 978-1-4426-0012-6 Arend Lijphart, "Democratic political systems," Journal of Theoretical Politics 1 (1989), pp. 33-48. ]CP] Gsta Esping-Andersen, The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism (1990), Chapter 2. [CP] IBSN: 0-691-02857-5 Topic IV The Mechanics of Governing: Coalition Governments in Europe. Jean Blondel and Ferdinand Muller-Rommel, Governing Together (1993), pp. 1-10. [CP] ISBN: 0-19-925642-x Lenny W. Martin and Georg Vanberg, "Policing the bargain: coalition government and parliamentary scrutiny", American Journal of Political Science 48 (2004), pp. 13-37. [CP] Topic V. Postwar Settlements and Beyond. Robert O. Keohane, "The world political economy and the crisis of embedded liberalism" in John Goldthorpe (ed.) Order and Conflict in Contemporary Capitalism (1984), Chapter One. [CP] ISBN: 0-19-878007-9 Gsta Esping-Anderson, Why We Need a New Welfare State. (2002), Chapter One. [CP] ISBN: 0-19-925642-x Pippa Norris, Radical Right (2005), Chapter Nine. Topic VI. Postwar Settlements and Beyond: Britain, France, Germany, Italy. Britain K&K, Chapters 2, 4, 5. France K&K Chapters 7, 9, 10. Germany K&K Chapters 12, 14, 15. Italy K&K Chapters 17, 19, 20. Topic VII. Post-Communism and East-Central Europe. Kesselman and Krieger, Chapters 21, 22, 23, 25 and 26, 27, 30. Russell Bova, "Political dynamics of the post-communist transition: a comparative perspective," World Politics 44 (1991), pp. 113-138. [CP] Thomas Carothers, "The end of the transition paradigm," Journal of Democracy 13 (2002), pp. 5-21. [CP] Branka Magas, The Destruction of Yugoslavia (1993), pp. 326-345. [CP] ISBN: 0-86091-593-x Topic VIII. Economic and Political Integration and the European Union. Kesselman and Krieger, Chapters 31-34. Paul-Henri Spaak, `The integration of Europe: dreams and realities," Foreign Affairs 29 (1950), pp. 94-100. [CP] Halvard M. Lange, "European Union: False hopes and realities," Foreign Affairs 28 (1950), pp. 441-450. [CP] Jrgen Habermas, "Why Europe needs a constitution," in Ralf Rogowski and Charles Turner (eds.) The Shape of the New Europe (2007), pp. 25-45. [CP] ISBN: 978-0-521-84128-3 Philippe Schmitter, "Why constitutionalize the European Union?" in Rogowski and Turner (eds.), The Shape of the New Europe, pp. 46-58. [CP] ISBN: Above ...
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