European Politics Today

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This is the first truly European survey of contemporary European politics and it signals the end of the division of Europe into East and West. European Politics Today examines the political experiences of nations from all across Europe and analyzes them in the context of the development of democracy. In addition to seven detailed country studies written by some of the leading authorities in the field, this book includes a concluding chapter on the European Union which addresses the transnational aspects of the European experience. Informative introductory chapters and a common framework within country studies facilitate cross-country comparison and discussion. This framework makes it possible to analyze important institutions, values, processes, and policies as they work in different European democracies. Written by an authoritative team of scholars, this is the text for the new Europe.
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Basically organized by geographic region, this introductory level text for students of political science first addresses the European experience as a whole, including such matters as geography and history, democracy and democratization, and constitutional arrangements, party systems, and policymaking processes. The established democracies in England, France, and Germany are next examined and compared, followed by those countries with more recent democratic transitions including Spain, Russia, Poland, and Hungary. The final section discusses the international dimension of politics in the European Union. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321002815
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 10/13/1998
  • Series: Longman Series in Comparative Politics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 539
  • Product dimensions: 7.63 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Detailed Contents
Pt. I Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The European Context 3
Ch. 2 Democratic Political Culture and Participation in Europe 28
Ch. 3 Democratic Government in Europe 51
Pt. II The Established Democracies 77
Ch. 4 Politics in England 78
Ch. 5 Politics in France 138
Ch. 6 Politics in Germany 198
Pt. III Democratic Transitions 259
Ch. 7 Politics in Spain 260
Ch. 8 Politics in Russia 312
Ch. 9 Politics in Poland 364
Ch. 10 Politics in Hungary 422
Pt. IV The International Dimension 467
Ch. 11 Politics in the European Union 469
App. A Statistical Data on European Nations 522
App. B A Guide to Comparing Nations 529
Index 531
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