EPS 300 / POL 384 (SA)
European Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century
Ezra N. Suleiman
Joshua William Walker
The course aims to cover the critical developments of twentieth-century Europe and the consolidation of democracy in European countries. It will deal with the legacy of the two world wars, Nazism, Stalinism, the Cold War, the legacy of colonialism and decolonization, the birth and development of the European Community, the development of the welfare state, the problems confronting the European Union (immigration, enlargement, political institutions, military role), and the varieties of democratic institutions in Europe.
ECO 372/EPS 342
Economics of the European Union and Economies in Europe
This course studies the economies of current and prospective EU members and economic integration in Europe after 1945. It explores the political motivation for, and the economic implications of, the European Union’s moves towards deeper integration and enlargement. Topics include policy-making in the EU, adoption of common policies including European Monetary Union and the Euro and their implications for fiscal and labor market policies, problems raised by an EU enlargement for the EU and for the joining countries. The course also studies economic issues facing various member and applicant countries. National priorities and concerns have a strong impact on EU policy making. The course uses economic analysis to study policy issues. The relevant economic theory will be covered, together with recent applied work.
Europe Since 1939
A survey of the literature on major developments in Europe since the outbreak of the Second World War, giving equal treatment to events in Eastern and Western Europe. Course examines topics such as Second World War, occupation and resistance; postwar reconstruction and the international framework of the Cold War; decolonization; the "Golden Sixties," protest in the east and west; the effects of oil shocks, global economic integration, and the overthrow of communist regimes.
POL 231 (SA)
Ezra N. Suleiman
This is an introductory course to European politics. The course offers an analysis of the foundations of democracy in the European societies. It also deals with challenges that confront European societies - globalization, maintenance of the welfare state, relations to the international order, the integration of Eastern Europe. Finally, the course considers the development and future of the European Union.
The EU and Russia
The seminar will examine the basis for the strategic relationship between the EU and the Russian Federation in the coming years. We will analyze the features of the EU’s foreign/security policy machinery and the current state of EU/Russian relations, including the existing partnership agreement and its likely replacement in 2008. Areas for special attention include energy policy, relations in the" border areas" (Ukraine, Georgia, etc.), the EU’s interest in encouraging democracy and civil society, reciprocal investments in private and public sectors and the broader political dimension (including relations of each side with the US).
The Politics of Inequality in the US and Western Europe
Nolan Matthew McCarty
Jonas Gunnar Pontusson
The study of policy preferences, differential rates of political participation, voting behavior, the legislative process, political communication, urban politics and the role of race in American political life are central to the study of inequality in politics. Although the American case will feature prominently, we will approach these issues from a comparative perspective, providing an introduction to the comparative study of welfare states and political economy of advanced industrial countries, including the regulation of labor markets and the relationship between wage inequality, income distribution and policy preferences for redistribution.