An introduction to the basic features of the British polity
An introduction to the institution and policies of the European Union after Lisbon
According to most theories of democratisation, a democratic political culture is essential. The content and measurement of democratic attitudes, however, is by no means trivial.
Unification has changed the once hyper-stable German polity more profoundly than many professional observers would have expected. More than 20 years after the fact, this seminar looks at various core features of the German system (e.g. the party system, civil society, federalism, Rhenanian capitalism) to assess the lasting impact of the FRG/GDR merger.
By the end of term, students should (at the very least) have a basic knowledge of European Union policy making, be familiar with (various) notions of ‘europeanisation’ and ‘multi-level governance’, understand the impact of the European Union on politics in Germany, and gauge the influence of Germany in Europe.