The aim of this module is to provide a better understanding of democratic political and economic processes in Europe. The first part of the module will be devoted to studying the roots of party systems, party competition, electoral systems, the rise of populist and extremist parties, corruption, and linkages between citizens and politicians in West and East European countries. In the second part, we will study the institutional foundations of welfare-capitalism and examine how coordinated and liberal capitalism types responded to challenges such as globalisation and deindustrialization. A large part of the module is devoted to studying the power-sharing arrangements in the European Union. In this context, we will analyse what the euro crisis, influx of refugees, and disintegration dynamics imply for the future of the EU. The module also provides an accessible introduction to research design and methods that political scientists have used to address these topics.
- Module Supervisor: Alexandra Hennessy