ONLINE: West European Governments provides a comparative analysis of the classic West European parliamentary systems of government in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Coverage includes the historical backgrounds, the party systems and voting systems, and the principle of executive authority as it compares to legislative authority. A general backdrop is provided in all cases comparing European parliamentary government to American presidential government based upon the separation of powers principle as it relates to executive and legislative authority. At the end of this online, lecture-based course, students will be able to distinguish the difference between European parliamentary systems of government and the American presidential system of government. | Lecture + Q&A.