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Contemporary Politics in Europe – Adult Scholars Program – Fall 2019

550.00 IVA included

Instructor: Marta Bordignon, Ph.D.

Meets Mon / Wed 3.40 – 5.10 PM

Fall Semester 2019 runs Sept. 9 – Dec. 20


Contemporary Politics in Europe

This course explores the institutions established in West European nations intended to preserve social stability, produce economic prosperity, and guarantee democracy, asking whether these goals are complementary or contradictory. A country-by-country examination of post-war political development in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden. Emphasis on the political problems of the present. Accordingly, the course closes with an examination of the European integration process and the sweeping changes of East Europe affecting all of Europe.

​In Rome, this course offers an introductory overview of the main issues facing the largest EU member states and their political systems, with emphasis on the various paths followed in the past century, political parties, electoral systems, local government, domestic and foreign policies: this latter aspect is developed to include an outline of EU enlargement and neighborliness strategies, relations with Russia, regional and global security problems as well as the debate on Brexit.

About the Instructor

Dr. Bordignon holds a MA in International Relations and a BA in Political Science at “LUISS Guido Carli” University, Rome. She is Research Assistant at the University of Seville (Spain) and member of the Coordinating Committee of the Interest Group on International Business and Human Rights of the European Society of International Law (ESIL). In addition to teaching, she is co-founder of the association “Human Rights International Corner” (www.humanrightsic.com), of which she has been appointed President in May 2018. She authored many research papers and articles on international relations, business and human rights, transition studies and development cooperation.