Comparative European Government

Second year module

Lecturer: Gemma Loomes

This module will examine political parties, and party systems, governmental institutions, and cleavage structures in Western European democracies. The primary focus will be on the four large states, i.e. Britain, France, Germany and Italy, but a significant part of the module will also concentrate on the experience of small(er) states such as Spain, Austria, the Netherlands or the Scandinavian countries.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module the student should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of political institutions and political parties in Western European democracies. 
  • Analyse the differences between Western European political institutions, parties and party systems. 
  • Display a familiarity with and some of the most widely used theoretical perspectives in the field of comparative politics and an ability to relate them to the practice of political phenomena in contemporary Western Europe.


  • 2 x 3000 word essays (each essay, 50%)