Undergraduate Course Code: POL438H1S L0101
Topics in Comparative Politics I
Political Economy of Europe
This course surveys major theoretical and empirical contributions on the political economy of Western Europe. The course explores the political sources of how and why European societies have adopted different economic institutions and policies in the global economy. We analyze theories of the welfare state, growth models and capitalist diversity, business-labor relations, and financial markets. The course then examines the deeper processes of European integration that have shaped European economies, with a particular focus on monetary integration. Finally, we discuss contemporary issues that define economies in Western Europe today -- the eurozone crisis, Brexit, and populism.
Format and Requirements
One two-hour seminar per week. Course requirements TBA