PS 542 – Western European Politics Course Description Analysis of political institutions and processes in selected Western European states and the European community and of major social, economic and political issues confronting European societies. Course Aims & Design This course has three primary goals. The first is to provide you with a solid foundational knowledge of the structures and functioning of governments in Western and Eastern Europe, including the advantages and disadvantages of each. The second is to introduce you to important bodies of work within comparative politics and how they apply in the European context, such as nationalist violence, democratization, and social movements. Finally, the course is designed to encourage you to think about what the European experience in those areas can teach us about politics in other places. What lessons can we draw that help us understand the rest of the world? There are three basic sections to the class. One section paints a broad picture and establishes the broad context within which politics occurs in Europe. A second looks specifically at a handful of important states with Europe, including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Poland. Finally, the third section looks at the world of the European Union. The EU strongly impacts domestic politics of its members, so to understand local politics in Europe, one must have a working knowledge of the EU. Biography Mark T. Nance (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University, where he teaches primarily International Political Economy and European politics. His research focuses on the impact of non-binding international institutions, particularly in international economic cooperation. He currently is working on projects regarding the development of the international anti-money laundering regime and international efforts to prevent illicit nuclear proliferation. Past projects and publications have focused on new governance mechanisms in the context of the European Union’s economic and social policies, as well as in international security policy.