Tue, Mar 10

POL 307-800, European Politics
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In focus (214)

  1. How should countries beset by regional or ethnic divisions try to preserve their unity? What are the advantages/disadvantages of policies such as federalism and devolution?
  2. Some have suggested that the growth of the EU has encouraged regionalism within European countries (think of Scotland, Flanders, or Catalonia). Why might there be such a connection?

Is Europe one? (217)

  1. Countries typically accept judgments against them at the European Court of Justice. Why would they do so instead of simply ignoring the ECJ?
  2. "Europeanization" of judicial systems is fairly extensive, yet the ECJ is typically viewed more favorably and is less controversial than the European Commission or European Parliament. Why might this be?

Application questions (223)

  1. Do you think a constitution should include socio-economic rights, such as right to education and right to health care? [Why or why not?]
  2. Why do you think judicial review has become common in Europe? Why might some be against it?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of extensive use of referenda? Should some matters be reserved for decisions by referenda? [Explain your answer.]
  4. Should a constitution or courts be able to prevent something that a majority of people wants to see adopted as a law or policy? [Why?]
  5. How seriously, in your view, does the power of the ECJ erode the sovereignty of states and their voters?