EUS 4932/EUS 6932 (Section 1A66/1F85): Capitalism in Europe After 1945



Center for European Studies
3324 Turlington Hall
PO Box 117342
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 294-7142
(352) 392-8966 (fax)

Meeting Time: April 1-13, 2013 | periods 11-E2 (6:15pm-9:15pm)
Location: 3312 Turlington Hall (3rd Floor, CES Conference Room)
Instructors: Dr. Sheryl Kroen, Dr. Dorothee Bohle

To enroll in the course, contact Jim Robbins, (352) 392-8902 x207.

Course Description

This course is devoted to the analysis of the political economy of Europe after the Second World War. In Europe more so than in the US, post-war capitalism has been built on a compromise between capital and labor, and the effects of markets have been mitigated by generous welfare states and sizeable public sectors. In recent decades, this European model of capitalism has however come under stress. The end of the cold war, globalization, the spread of neoliberalism and the current crisis of the Eurozone spell a more liberal and uncertain future of capitalism in Europe. This course traces the domestic and international origins of the European model of capitalism, takes stock of its major institutions, introduces its national varieties, and analyzes the recent challenges to which it has been exposed.

Meeting Time

The course runs the whole semester but it will only meet for the period of two weeks M-F, April 1-5; April 8-11 (a total of 29 class periods + the hours of the workshop on the weekend at the end) and it has been scheduled for periods 11-E2. Dr. Bohle will be on campus between April 1 and April 13, and her schedule is quite flexible; the Center for European Studies will work with the registered students to come up with the best possible office hours. Students will need to complete the readings in advance.


  • Part I: The European Model of Capitalism
  • Part 2: Challenges to the European Model of Capitalism

Dr. Dorothee Bohle studies the transition to capitalism in post-communism regimes in Eastern Europe, and this course will be of particular interest to students of Eastern Europe and the EU, as well as those who have been studying the history and political economy of capitalism in other parts of the world.


  • “An Introduction to Varieties of Capitalism” – Peter A. Hall and David Soskice
  • “Capitalist Diversity on Europe’s Periphery” – Dorothee Bohle and Béla Greskovits
  • “Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of Essays” – Alexander Gerschenkron
  • “Employment ‘Miracles’: A Critical Comparison of the Dutch, Scandanavian, Swiss, Australian and Irish Cases Versus Germany and the US” – Uwe Becker and Herman Schwartz
  • “The Political Economy of Peripheral European Tiny States” – Dorothee Bohle
  • “Social Protection and the Formation of Skills: A Reinterpretation of the Welfare State” – Margarita Estevez-Abe, Torben Iversen, and David Soskice
  • “The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism” – Gøsta Esping-Andersen

Credits & Grading

The number of credit varies from 1 to 3 and it will be assigned based on the student preference and the amount of work completed as follows:

  • 1 credit = active participation in class and final workshop on April 12-13 plus completion of exam covering the assigned readings
  • 2 credits = all of the above and in addition in-class presentation and a short 5-7 page final paper during exam week
  • 3 credits = all of the above except final paper will be 20-25 page research paper due during exam week

Grading weights (applicable for a 3 credit course):

  • 20% of the final grade comes from active participation in class
  • 20% of the final grade comes from participation in final workshop
  • 20% of the final grade comes from Exam covering the assigned readings
  • 40% of the final grade comes from Research paper

For more information on Grades and Grading Policies, please visit the appropriate undergraduate catalog website.

Students with Disabilities

Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.

Academic Honor

Students are expected to adhere to the UF Student Honor Code. The academic honor system of the University of Florida is based on the premise that each student has the responsibility (1) to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the student’s own work, (2) to refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the University community and (3) to foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the University community. Students violating the honor code will receive zero (0) points for the assignment or exam in question, and may receive an ‘F’ for the class.