EGO405 Comparative Politics of EU countries

Fakulta sociálních studií
jaro 2020
1/1. 8 kr. Ukončení: zk.
prof. PhDr. Vít Hloušek, Ph.D. (přednášející)
prof. PhDr. Vít Hloušek, Ph.D.
Katedra mezinárodních vztahů a evropských studií - Fakulta sociálních studií
Kontaktní osoba: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Dodavatelské pracoviště: Katedra mezinárodních vztahů a evropských studií - Fakulta sociálních studií
St 10:00–11:40 U42
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Cíle předmětu
The course is focused on comparative analysis of political systems of West European countries. The topics are selected in a way that allows students to obtain an initial basic survey and comparative methodological basis about political systems, political institutions and processes that are typical for the highly-developed democracies of Europe. In the second part, the course is organized as a set of seminars devoted to particular issues in contemporary European politics using selected country-studies as examples and background for in-class discussion.

At the end of the course the students should become familiar with comparative methods in the analysis of political systems, institutions, and processes that are typical for the developed European democracies. First, students get a basic introduction to the issue of system-comparison of democratic states, including basic classification and typology of democratic systems (presidential, parliamentary, direct democracies). The course focuses on French, British, German, and Swiss political systems, because these systems are telling examples of the aforementioned theoretical models. The students are also introduced to the political systems of the Scandinavian countries, the Low Countries, and Spain. Finally, the position papers written in this course are designed to improve the abilities of students in comparative-oriented research and writing. At the end of the course, the student will be able to apply concepts of comparative politics to Western European political and party systems. The student will be able to compare political institutions, political parties, and party systems, and will also be able to assess the main challenges and to discuss key issues of contemporary European politics.
  • 1. Basic concepts of comparative analysis of political systems
  • 2. Parties and party systems – framework for analysis
  • 3. Electoral systems and their political consequences
  • 4. Multilevel politics and the concept of Europeanization of domestic politics
  • 5. The United Kingdom
  • 6. Germany
  • 7. French semi-presidential democracy
  • 8. Swiss direct democracy
  • 9. Political systems of the Low Countries
  • 10. Political systems of Scandinavian countries
  • 11. The political systems of Mediterranean countries
  • 12. Special seminar devoted to role of domesatic political institutions in the EU policy-making
  • MAGONE, José M. Contemporary european politics : a comparative introduction. First publ. New York, NY: Routledge, 2011. 651 s. ISBN 9780415418935. info
  • Comparative European politics. Edited by Josep M. Colomer. 3rd ed. New York: Routledge, 2008. ix, 310. ISBN 9780203946091. info
  • Comparative politics. Edited by Daniele Caramani. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. xliv, 786. ISBN 9780199298419. info
Výukové metody
The course includes lectuers and seminars. Students are expected to write seven brief position papers on topics 5-11.
Metody hodnocení
The final written test will be composed from 2 major questions (each max. 15 points) and 7 brief questions (each max. 5 points).
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Předmět je zařazen také v obdobích jaro 2014, jaro 2015, jaro 2016, jaro 2017, jaro 2018, jaro 2019, jaro 2021.
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