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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2009

GOV 324L • Governments and Politics of Western Europe

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39142 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
MEZ B0.306
Freeman, G

Course Description

This is a general introduction to the governments and politics of Western Europe. The course covers the major European states that are members of the European Union, but especially Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Scandinavian countries, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Students will become familiar with the basic structures and processes of European national governments, but also devote considerable attention to the European Union, the transnational regional regime currently made up of 25 European states. Our analysis of European politics takes place in the context of the major changes that have transformed the region in the last 20 years, including the collapse of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany, the democratic evolution of many East European states, and the progressive integration of the world economy and, particularly, the economies of the European Union member states.

Grading Policy

Exam I 25 Exam II 25 Exam III 25 Paper 20 Attendance 05 Total 100

Texts

Michael Gallagher, Michael Laver, and Peter Mair, Representative Government in Modern Europe, 4th edition

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