PS 460

Government and Politics of Western Europe

Professor Debra Holzhauer

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Instructor: Dr. Debra Holzhauer
Political Science, Philosophy and Religion
Email address: dholzhauer @  (Note: I will respond to all emails sent to me within 48 hours unless otherwise specified.  Students must use their SE key for all email correspondence.)

Office Address: 211 J Carnahan Hall
Office Hours:
MWF 10-10:50 AM, TTH 11-12 AM, by appointment in my office, and by instant messaging


For instant messaging, I use MSN Messenger; just open up MSN Messenger ( and click on "add a contact".  Then select "Create a new contact from an email address" and hit the "NEXT" button.  You will then need to type in my complete email address from below.  After I have been added to your contact list, then select the button to allow MSN Messenger to send me an email indicating that I have been added to your list of contacts.


Office Phone: (573) 651-5137

Departmental Office Phone: (573) 651-2183

Departmental Website:


Webpage address:

Instructor Homepage: http://cstl/

Course Meeting Time: TTH 2-3:15 PM 

Course Classroom: 210 Carnahan Hall

Hi and welcome to our class on European Politics.

I will post important announcements and changes to the class syllabus here.


Official Time Server





April 1: My class notes for 4/2 are now posted to the Class Assignments web page.

Hi everyone.  I have posted my class notes for tomorrow's class (which is cancelled due to the fact that I am going to be at an Academic conference).  Don't forget that you need to read this material, in addition to the handouts that I gave to you in class. and the Sartori article. 


You will also be expected to make your short presentation about the electoral rules governing the parliamentary elections of a selected legislative house during our next class (4/7). 


January 29: No class today due to the University being closed.

Hi everyone.  Again, the university is closed again, so we will not be having class.  I am posting online a short lecture that I would like you to peruse.  Then, just work on your readings for class, including the Hitchcock readings.  On next Tuesday, I will then spend just 1 class period talking about the context of history of/for this region with regard to the topic of democracy.


See you next Tuesday.  :)


January 27: No class today due to inclement weather.

Hi everyone!!  Unfortunately, we will not be having class today.  I am posting on the Class Assignments web page my lecture notes about "Political Culture in Europe."  You will find this lecture linked to the list of class readings for today's class.  So, take the time to read today's lecture (there are two files) that I have linked to the web site.  Then, on Thursday, I will make sure that we set some time aside for any questions you might have about the lecture you should for class today and then we will start talking about the context of history for European politics.


See you on Thursday.  :)


January 11: You should be able to log on to most pages on the class web site by this Thursday (January 15); the rest should be completed by the end of January 19.


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