Political Ideas, Comparative Government and the Politics of Western Europe: An Introduction
Winter Term 1995
Eric Jones
Department of European Studies
Central European University

Course Outline

The purpose of this course is to examine the national state as a paradigm for philosophical inquiry, political organization and economic management. The course is divided into a six hour introduction to Political Ideas in Western Europe, two nine-hour sections on the organization of the state and the role of the state in the national economy, and one concluding three hour session on the so-called 'crisis' of the state in advanced industrial society.

Students will meet three hours per week with an equal division of time between lecture and seminar. Lectures will be devoted to the presentation of theoretical materials, and seminars will incorporate specific national and/or historical case studies.

Students will be asked to prepare required readings (c. 200 pages/session), and will be given the option of preparing additional readings as well. Though highly recommended, preparation of additional readings is not necessary for satisfactory participation in the course.

The final examination will last two hours, and will be open book. Questions on the final examination will consist of a mixture of short and long essays.

Section I: The State and Scientific Realism. 6 hours

The State as a Paradigm for Political Organization
Casirer (1946),
Maritain (1951),
Hall and Ikenberry (1989)

The State as a Building Block for International Society
Hoffmann (1968),
Waltz (1979),
Buzan (1993),
Yost (1994)

The Agent -structure Debate: Methodology, Metaphysics, or World-view
Gourevitch (1978),
Giddens (1979),
Wendt (1987),
Dessler (1989)

Section II: The Policy. 9 hours
Democratic Systems (Electoral)
Lijphart (1984),
Mair (1990)

Democratic Systems (Governmental)
Budge and Keman (1990),
Laver and Schofield (1990)

Value Change and the Democratic Electorate
Inglehart (1990),
Bartolini and Mair (1990)

Section III: The State and the Economy. 9 hours
The Keynesian Consensus
Hall (ed.)

The Conservative Revolution
Hayek (1960),
Olson (1982),
Dahrendorf (1988)

Economic Interdependence
Bryant (1980),
Cooper (1968),
Gilpin (1987)

Section IV: The Crisis of the State in Advanced Industrial Society. 3 hours
McCarthy and Jones (manuscript)

Reading List
Bartolini, S. and Mair, P., 1990, Identity, Competition, and Electoral Availability: The Stabilization of European Electorates 1885-1985, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Bryant, R. C., 1980, Money and Monetary Policy in Interdependent Nations, Washington D.C.: Brookings
Budge, I. and Kemen H., 1990, Parties and Democracy: Coalition Formation and Government Functioning in Twenty States, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Bugan, B., 1993, "From International System to International Society: Structural Realism and Regime Theory Meet the English School", International Organization 47:3 (Summer), 325-52
Casirer, E.,1946, The Myth of State, New Haven: Yale University Press
Cooper, R., 1968, The Economics of Interdependence: Economic Policy in the Atlantic Community, New York: McGraw-Hill for the Council on Foreign Relations
Dahrendorf, R., 1988, The Modern Social Conflict: An Essay on the Politics of Liberty, Berkeley: University of California Press
Dessler, D., 1989, "What's at Stake in the Agent Structure Debate?", International Organization 43:3 (Summer), 441-73
Giddens, A., 1979, Central Problems in Social Theory Action, Structure and Contradiction in Social Analysis, Berkeley: University of Carolina Press
Gilpin, R.,1987, The Political Economy of International Relations, Princeton: Princeton University Press
Gourevitch, P., 1978, "The Second Image Reversed: The International Sources of Domnestic Politics", International Organization 32:4 (Autumn), 881-912
Hall, J. A. and Ikenberry G. J. (1989), The State, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press Hall, Peter editor
Hayek, F. A., 1960, The Constitution of Liberty, Chicago, University of Chicago Press
Inglehart, R., 1990, Culture Shift in Advanced Industrial Society, Princeton: Princeton University Press
Laver, M. and Schofield N., 1990, Multiparty Government: The Politics of Coalition in Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Lijphart, A., 1984, Democracies: Patterns of Government in Twenty-one Countries, New Haven: Yale University Press
Mair, Peter editor, 1990, The West European Party System, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Maritain, J., 1951, Man and the State, Chicago: University of Chicago Press
McCarthy, P. and Jones, E. editors (forthcoming), Disintegration or Transformation: The Crisis of the State in Advanced Industrial Society, New York: St. Martin's Press
Olson, M., 1982, The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities, New Haven: Yale University Press
Waltz, K.N., 1979, Theory of International Politics, Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley Publishing
Wendt, A.E., 1987, "The Agent-Structure Problem in International Relations Theory", International Organization 41:3 (Summer), 335-70
Yost, D. S., 1994, "Political Philosophy and the Theory of International Relations" International Affairs 70:2 (April), 263-90

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CEU Budapest, Hungary
Modified: April, 1996


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