The leading nations of Western Europe ┐ Great Britain, France, Germany, and Italy ┐ have developed vibrant economies and stable democracies that differ in important ways from the United States and from each other. This course explores the ability of European economies to withstand pressures of globalization and the capacity of European democracies to integrate political newcomers such as women and immigrants. We address questions such as: Does Tony Blair┐s New Labour provide a model for parties of the Left across the West or is Blair┐s success predicated on the foundations laid by Thatcherism? With the limited ability of the French people to influence politics, should we still consider that country a democracy? Has Germany definitively overcome its Nazi past or does the strength of German democracy rely on a strong Germany economy? How can we make sense of the Italian ┐second republic┐?
COURSE FORMAT: Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT Grading Mode: Graded
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