Current Semester

Social, economic, and political issues that are on the agenda of political parties and the public in major European democracies. Emphasis will be on the status of the welfare state; privatization and economic reform; unemployment; educational reform; attitudes towards the European Union and Common Agricultural Program; immigration, racism, and the New Right; separatist movements and devolution of power from the central to the regional and local governments; democratization of the political regimes of the candidate and new member states of the European Union in the process of European integration.
The political economy of major European Union countries and the challenges they face in adjusting to a rapidly integrating European Union. The subjects include government-business ties, the role of labor and business organizations, regulation, privatization and the politics of economic policy-making.
The Middle East as a political entity in International relations; Issues and problems at the domestic and foreign policy levels in the countries of the broader region.