Thu, Feb 6

POL 307-800, European Politics
Spring 2020 |




In focus (43)

  1. What lessons (if any) does the West German "economic miracle" have for contemporary Europe and beyond?
  2. What lessons (if any) does the successful consolidation of democracy in West Germany have for efforts to construct democracy in other parts of the world, e.g., the Middle East?

Application questions (65)

  1. Why did Western Europe, as opposed to another region of the world, rise to global pre-eminence? Does this early history make Europe unique and therefore make it less likely that ideas such as democracy and limited government, which developed in Western Europe, can take root elsewhere?
  2. Most people, regardless of where they live, would cliam that they are patriotic or nationalistic. Many would argue that these are positive traits. How can one explain why some countries have more positive manifestations of nationalism and others—particularly in Eastern Europe—have tended to have more negative ones? Do you think globalization and economic integration will allow Europe or other parts of the world to "overcome" nationlism?
  3. Given widespread belief today in the superiority of free and open markets, what relevance does the post-war success of statist welfare policies in Western Europe have today?

Further Analysis

  1. Which aspects of Western Europe's history merit the most attention? Why?
  2. If the U.S. today were to find itself in a similar situation to post-war West Germany, could it expect an "economic miracle"? Why or why not?