Comparative government and politics of west and east europe
- A.A. 2016/2017
- CFU 8
- Ore 60
- Classe di laurea LM-52
- Exhaustive knowledge of the general lines of modern European history, seen as conflicts among
different social, political and economic behavior across time and space (deriving both from the past
as from other countries), focused on changes and continuities.
- General knowledge of the main institutional models designed to regulate relations between
individuals as between them and the community (public life), and organized voluntarily and
permanently to represent and influence society.
- Understanding the peculiarities of the State and Nation Building process in West and East Europe.
- Examining the interactions between the political, economical and institutional sphere related to
social changes during the last 3 Centuries, specifically the interrelations between the industrial and
urban revolution on one side, and political transformations on the other.
- Reflecting on different models of "modernity" and "transition processes" of "modernization" seen
as an epoch of crisis.
- As final result, the students will be able to apply a comparative approach in order to understand
the evolutions of rules and institutions both in the western and eastern part of Europe.
Diachronic comparison of social and political developments and their influence on political institutions
in England (18 - 19 th Century), Germany (19 - 20 th Century) and in Central and Eastern Europe
(World War II - today).
- Development of the major political ideologies (Liberalism, Nationalism, Communism) in the area
and their impact on the institutional structure.
- The process of "modernization": industrial Revolution and urbanization, and their effects on
- The effects of EU enlargement and global capitalism on the transition countries.
- 1. (A) Stephen White, Judy Batt, Paul G. Lewis (eds) Developments in Central and East European Politics 5 Duke University Press, Durham, 2013
- 2. (A) Janos, Andrew C. East central Europe in the modern world : the politics of the borderlands from pre- to postcommunism Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2000
- 3. (A) Matthew Roberts Political Movements in Urban England, 1832-1914 Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2008
- 4. (A) Kevin McDermott Communist Czechoslovakia, 1945-89. A Political and Social History Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2015
Course book required reading for attending students (8 cfu): the students are free to choose one of the following books:
- Stephen White, Judy Batt, Paul G. Lewis (eds), "Developments in Central and East European Politics 5", Duke University Press, 2013;
- Matthew Roberts, "Political Movements in Urban England, 1832-1914", Palgrave Macmillan, 2008;
- Kevin McDermott, "Communist Czechoslovakia, 1945-89. A Political and Social History", Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Course book required reading for non attending students (8 cfu):
- Stephen White, Judy Batt, Paul G. Lewis (eds), "Developments in Central and East European Politics 5", Duke University Press, Durham, 2013,
- Janos, Andrew C., "East central Europe in the modern world : the politics of the borderlands from pre- to postcommunism", Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2000.
The course includes frontal lessons, workshops with public presentations and discussions of selected
research articles and video materials. The active participation of students both during frontal
lectures and discussion time is strongly encouraged. Discussions of case studies are aimed to
promote the critical capacity of the students and their team-working ability.