Course Code
PSCI 0220
Course Type
Subject Credit
Course Availability

This tutorial explores European politics since the Cold War.  European states have grappled with a series of challenges since the collapse of communism. Familiar party competition between social democracy, liberalism and Christian Democrats has been dramatically altered by the end of traditional west European Communist parties, the rise of Green politics, and the insurgent anti-immigration far right. Politics in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia has become much less predictable now older certainties are eroded. At the same time, democratic transitions in eastern Europe have proven remarkably durable as the European Union has pushed for monetary and fiscal integration in the depths of crisis over the Euro. Nevertheless, rising Euroscepticism threatens to undo the process of integration, even as further crises emerge on Europe’s periphery.