Undergraduate Course Code: POL410H1S L0101
Topics in Comparative Politics III
Democracy and Responsiveness in Europe
This course examines the relationship between what the public wants and what policies get enacted in contemporary European democracies. We will explore the roles of political parties, interest groups, local and regional governments, and the European Union. When asking how policy responds to the public, we will also ask which parts of the public are most influential. Do the wealthy have more influence than the poor? Do the opinions of ethnic majorities have a greater impact than those of minorities? How do different institutional setups shape these relationships?
Format and Requirements
Participation, attendance, two response papers, a book review (with presentation), and a research design paper.