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European Comparative Politics and Society - JMM530
Anglický název: European Comparative Politics and Society
Zajišťuje: Katedra evropských studií (23-KZS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2017 do 2017
Semestr: zimní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 30 / 30 (30)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: prof. PhDr. Lenka Rovná, CSc.
Vyučující: prof. PhDr. Lenka Rovná, CSc.
Anotace -
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D. (10.09.2018)
The course European Comparative Politics and Society will concentrate on the analysis of the pursuits of democracy in Europe. Firstly, the conception of Europe will be explored in its historical perspective and different perceptions: territorial, political, spiritual, cultural etc. Secondly, the characterizing social cleavages of Europe will be introduced: territorial, economic, religious, national, ethnic etc. Furthermore, we will discuss how these cleavages get expressed in the formation of different social interests and lead to the organization of interests groups, political parties and NGOs and the contemporary challenges. Thirdly, turning towards the institutional structures of European parliamentary democracies, we will address the existence of political party systems, as well as the executive and legislative powers represented by government and parliament. Fourthly, we will explore the rules and outcomes of different electoral systems, which ensure regular rotation of political elites at power – however, under different principles. Finally, we will assess the enrichment of the classical models of government in Western Europe, which have in the last 20 years been supplemented by additional players participating in the decision making processes on different levels (local, regional, national and European) – leading to new political conceptualization of ‘governance’. Also, while European states remain core units of European integration, the EU leading to their Europeanization also influences them. The new challenges facing Europe, such as populism, immigration, globalization, financial crisis, continuing European integration, regionalization, restructuring of social welfare systems and the issues of identity, will be discussed.
Literatura -
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D. (10.09.2018)

see the syllabus; further reading will be suggested during the classes

Sylabus -
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D. (10.09.2018)

Syllabus for the group led by Professor Lenka Rovná:

 

Every student will be responsible for:

1) Class Participation and Oral Presentation

Each student will prepare for class by doing the designated readings, the designated oral presentation during the course and actively participating in the work of designated working group (presentations on the lecture topics and debates on the topic of the working group) and the class discussions.

Two unexcused absences can be tolerated.

 

2) Paper (December 1)

Each student will write an 8 page (double-spaced) research paper. “Is Liberal Democracy Dead?”

Each student will write a paper based on readings on liberal democracy and monitor the debates about the current situation. Detailed instructions will be given during the class.

Quotations and the complete list of sources are compulsory. The paper will be sent electronically to the address lenka.rovna@ruk.cuni.cz

 

 

 

Requirements for the class:

                       

Paper (8 pages)                                   30%

Oral presentation                                40%                           

Active participation in the class         30%

 

 

October 2      

Introduction

Identification of the problems studied in the groups, division into groups and preparation for position papers

Europe: perception of Europe, European values, a continent in the making, in: Tim Bale, European Politics, A Comparative Introduction, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2005, pp. 1 - 31

 

October 9

Cleavages in Europe, religious, ethnic, economic, social and ?…, in: Jan Eric Lane and Svante Ersson, Politics and Society in Western Europe, Sage Publication, London, 1999, pp. 37 – 75

 

October 16

Political Parties, in: Jan Eric Lane and Svante Ersson, Politics and Society in Western Europe, Sage Publication, London, 1999, pp. 76 - 108

Inside European Political parties, in:Michael Gallagher, Michael Laver, Peter Mair, Representative Government in Modern Europe, Institutions, parties and Governments, Boston, McGraw Hill, 4th edition, 2005, pp. 307-339

 

October 23

Elections and Electoral systems, Current elections, Formation of the Parliament, in:Michael Gallagher, Michael Laver, Peter Mair, Representative Government in Modern Europe, Institutions, parties and Governments, Boston, McGraw Hill, 4th edition, 2005, pp. 340-380

in: Edited by Paul Heywood, Erik Jones and Martin Rhodes, Developments in West European Politics 2, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2002, pp. 94 - 114

 

October 30

Building and Maintaining the government, in:Michael Gallagher, Michael Laver, Peter Mair, Representative Government in Modern Europe, Institutions, parties and Governments, Boston, McGraw Hill, 4th edition, 2005, pp. 381-421

in: Gabriel A.Almond, Russel J.Dalton, G.Bingham Powell, Jr., Kaare Strom, European Politics Today, Pearson Longman, New York, 3rd edition, 2006, pp.62 – 83

Politics outside Parliament, in:Michael Gallagher, Michael Laver, Peter Mair, Representative Government in Modern Europe, Institutions, parties and Governments, Boston, McGraw Hill, 4th edition, 2005, pp. 441-461

 

 

 

November 6

European Integration and the nation state, in:Simon Bulmer and Christian Lequesne, The Member States of the European Union, Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 25-69

Politics in the European Union from the member state point of view, in: Gabriel A.Almond, Russel J.Dalton, G.Bingham Powell, Jr., Kaare Strom, European Politics Today, Pearson Longman, New York, 3rd edition, 2006, pp.457 - 509

           

November 13

From Government to governance, in: Edited by Paul Heywood, Erik Jones and Martin Rhodes, Developments in West European Politics 2, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2002, pp. 151 – 183

Territorial Politics and the New Regionalism, in: Edited by Paul Heywood, Erik Jones and Martin Rhodes, Developments in West European Politics 2, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2002, pp. 201 - 220

 

November 27

Debate on the topics of the Group 1 – 2

 

December 11

Debate on the topics of the Group 3 - 4

 

December 18

Debate on the topics of the Group 5 - 6

 

 

Working groups and the topics:

 

  1. Is Populism on the Rise? –
  2. Lessons from the recent elections –
  3. Is there a West East cleavage again? –
  4. Changing the EU again? What has to be changed? –
  5. Democracy is in crisis in Europe –
  6. The EU and the USA, the inseparable couple? –
 
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