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European Politics Today

European Politics Today - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0719066696

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ISBN13: 978-0719066696
ISBN10: 0719066697
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Publisher: Manchester University Press
Published: 2003
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European Politics Today - 2ND 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0719066696

Patricia Hogwood and Geoffrey Roberts

ISBN13: 978-0719066696
ISBN10: 0719066697
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 03
Publisher: Manchester University Press

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

In the new edition of this successful textbook on European politics, Patricia Hogwood and Geoffrey Roberts offer a comprehensive introduction to the political systems and processes of western Europe. They demonstrate clearly that political decisions are not made in a vacuum, but in the context of specific historical constraints and social demands.

The book begins with an overview of the features and events which have shaped the political landscape of Europe up to the end of the twentieth century. The authors go on to discuss liberal democracy, historical sources of conflict between countries, electoral systems, political parties and interest groups, governments and parliaments. The final section looks at fedaralism and EU decision-making and concludes with a consideration of how liberal democracies in western Europe have attempted to provide stable government while remaining responsive to changes in society.

This book has been fully updated to take account of the French, British and Italian general elections that have occurred in recent years, as well as the momentous changes that have taken place in gobal politics as a result of the September 11 terrorist attack, and the preparations for EU enlargement. The chapters on the European Union and democracy in western Europe have also been substantially revised to take account of globalisation and recent political corruption issues.

Table of Contents

1. Politics in Western Europe: contexts and patterns

2. The democratic political process

3. Sources of political conflict

4. Electoral systems

5. Linkage organisations - political parties

6. Linkage organisations - interest groups

7. Executive government

8. Accountable governments: parliaments

9. Accountable governments: judicial review and civil rights

10. Federalism, devolution and local government

11. The European Union and the member states

12. Democracy in western Europe: stability and political change

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