Wells College
Political Science 365
Government and Politics in Industrial Countries
Spring 2000

Instructor:  Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo
Cleveland 108
Telephone: 364-3220
Office Hours:
Monday 11:00A.M.--12:00 P.M.
Thursday 2:00P.M.--5:00 P.M.

Required Texts:

Curtis Ammendola, Blondel Gladdish and Kommers Lancaster, Western European Government and Politics, 1997.

Michael Newman, Democracy, Sovereignty, and The European Community, St. Martin, 1996 (on Reserve in the Library).

Michael Gallagher, Michael Laver, and Peter Mair, Representative in Western Europe, 1995 (on Reserve in the Library).

Purnendra Jain and Takashi Inoguchi (eds). Japanese Politics Today: Beyond Karaoke Democracy, St. Martin.

David Beetham and Christopher Lord, Legitimacy and European Union, Longman, 1998.

Course Description:

In this course, we will examine comparatively the political institutions, political agencies, and elements of political culture in Europe, Japan, and the United States, and the global politics as reflected in the debates and decision making in the European Community, the European Union, and the world politics.  What do those industrial countries have in common in terms of the decision making process, people’s involvement in changing political elites, power allocation, and the role and nature of their public administration and the civil society in political development?  Other issues to be discussed will include public policy, migration, women in politics, and labor/business in industrial countries.


(1) Participation (10%)
(2) Any late work and unjustified absence will be penalized. The penalty will be reflected on the final grade. The following policy on the unjustified absences will be applied:

 (a) For two absences, 15 points will be deducted from the total grade;
(b) For three and four absences, 25 points will be deducted from the total grade;
(c) For five absences, 35 points will be deducted from the total grade;
(d) And for 6 or more absences, students will lose the entire grade for this course.

(3) First paper (30%);
(4) Class presentation (20%);
(5) Final Paper (40%);

First paper

Student will write a short essay of between 12 and 14 pages, typed and double-spaced with all references.  The minimum number of references is 6 and the maximum is 10.  The theme for the essay is:

“One of the common characteristics of the liberal democracies in industrial countries is voting; compare and contrast the behavior of the labor union or labor movement and the nature of its organization within the multiparty politics in influencing the voting patterns and their outcomes in Belgium, Switzerland, and United States.”

Some of the issues to be considered in your essay include how much a labor union or movement can effectively influence the voting and the role that legislation and money can play in the process.   If the labor union or movement fails to influence a given political party at the time of an election, what does happen to it or to its votes?  What are the factors that may weaken a union to act collectively?  The paper is due on March 13, 2000 at 5:00 p.m.

Class Presentations

Each student will make a class presentation of 15-20 minutes on one of the broad topics suggested below:

(1) Women and political participation in two industrial countries;
(2) Policy and Politics of industrialization and the Welfare in Japan and France;
(3) United States Foreign Policy compared to this of Germany;
(4)  European Union and the NAFTA;
(5)  Party Politics and Nationalism in Belgium and Canada;
(6) Italian Elections and Political mobilization;
(7) The Youth and Politics in The Netherlands;
(8)  And Welfare Politics and Policies in Norway and Sweden.

NB. Make sure to choose a specific period for your research project.

Final paper

Each student is free to choose any topic that she is interested in that was not fully or adequately discussed in this class.   Students can use materials from class presentation in the final paper. The length of this research paper is 15-20 pages typed double-spaced with references.  The minimum number of references is 9 and the maximum is 13.  The paper is due on May 15, 2000 at 5:00 p.m.


1/31- Introduction: Objectives, requirements, the issues, and the themes of the discussion and Issues in the European Politics, Western European Government and Politics, chapter 1  and Japanese Politics, pages 1-9.

2/7-Government and Politics in Great Britain
Western European Government and Politics, chapter 2.

2/14-Government and Politics in France
Western European Government and Politics, chapter 3.

2/21-Party Politics and Some Features of National Elections in Japan
 Japanese Politics Today, chapters 2 and 3.

2/28-Government and Politics  in Germany
Western European Government and Politics, chapter 4.

3/6-Change in the Japanese Legislative System
 Japanese Politics Today, chapter 4.

3/13-Government and Politics in Italy
Western European Government and Politics, chapter 5.

3/27-Political Reforms and Bureaucracy in Japan
 Japanese Politics Today, chapters 6 and 7.

4/3-Government and Politics in Spain
 Western European Government and Politics, chapter 6.

4/10- Government and Politics in the Netherlands
Western European Government and Politics, chapter 7.

4/17- Question of Legitimacy and Identity in European Union
 Legitimacy and the European Union, chapters 1 and 2.

4/24-Business and Public Policy in Japan
 Japanese Politics Today,  chapters 8 and 10.

5/1-The Role of the Media in Liberal Politics and Democracy in European Union
 Legitimacy and the European Union, chapter 3.
Film of “The Myth of the Liberal Media,” will be shown in class (60 minutes).

5/8- Class Presentations
Biography and Research Projects
Course List and Suggested Reading
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