17.158 Political Economy of Western Europe

Spring 2003

Map of Europe.
Map of Western Europe. (Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.)

Course Highlights

This course includes topics for two short papers and one extended research paper, which can be found in the assignments section.

Course Description

Examines role of European states in postwar period of rapid economic growth and current crisis. Includes analysis of different state traditions ("etatist," liberal, authoritarian); government's role in decline of some economies and rise of others; why and where Keynesianism, indicative planning, and state enterprises were introduced; alternative conceptions of contemporary economic problems (new international division of labor? too few producers? oil shock?); and of policies to deal with them (industrial policy? monetarism? protectionism?).

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Suzanne Berger

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
Three hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate