Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 1996

United Germany in an Integrating Europe

Main disciplines: Political Science, Sociology
Lecturer: Professor Peter J. Katzenstein
Institutions: Department of Government, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA,
and Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, Germany
Dates: 5 - 9 August, 1996

This course seeks to introduce students to a style of analysis that bridges international and comparative politics and addresses issues dealing with economic, security and socio-cultural affairs. The approach of the course is institutionalist in contrast to realist and liberal modes of analysis. For background students are urged to read three books prior to the course: (1) Loukas Tsoukalis, The New European Economy: The Politics and Economics of Integration, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993 (PB). (2) Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, "Europe through a Glass Darkly," (Spring 1994), and (3) Daedalus, Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, "Germany in Transition," (Winter 1994).

Germany and Europe typify the condition of semi-sovereignty as a defining characteristic of domestic and international politics [lectures 1-2]. Europe in a world of regions [lecture 3]. Different models of international relations and of democratic capitalism and the European polity [lecture 4]. Governance in different issues: war [lecture 5], money [lecture 6], and welfare [lecture 7]. Relations between Germany and the smaller European states in Northern, Western, Southern and Central Europe [lecture 8], and between Germany, Europe and the world [lecture 9] illustrate important changes and surprising continuities in German and European politics compared to a few decades ago [lecture 10].



  1. Semisovereignty (1)
    - Germany and Europe - Postwar Germany - German Unification
  2. Semisovereignty (2)
    - Rise and decline: the U.S. and Europe - European Integration - Single European Act and Maastricht
  3. A World of Regions
    - The end of bipolarity - Globalism and regionalism - Varieties of regionalism
  4. Analytical Perspectives
    - IR Theory - Varieties of Democratic Capitalism in Europe - European polity
  5. War
    - Yugoslavia - New security issues - NATO
  6. Money
    - EMS and EMU
  7. Welfare
    - Regions - Social welfare - Industrial Relations
  8. Germany and small states: Relations within EuropeWest (Netherlands, Belgium) - South (Spain, Greece) - North (Denmark, Sweden, Norway)
  9. Germany, Europe and the World: Gemany and Europe - A Global Polity?
  10. Is the New World different from the Old? A "New Order" reborn? - An "Old Axis" reforged? - Neither Tragedy nor Farce


Lecture 1: Semisovereignty

Lecture 2: Semisovereignty

Lecture 3: A World of Regions

Lecture 4: Analytical Perspectives

Lecture 5: War

Lecture 6: Money

Lecture 7: Welfare

Lecture 8: Germany and small states

Lecture 9: Germany, Europe and the World

Lecture 10: Is the New World different from the Old?