This comprehensive textbook is the first to go beyond a West European perspective and provide a clear overview of the whole of European politics. Jan-Erik Lane and Svante Ersson address the similarities of key political features among states in Western, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Europe and look forward to political developments at the turn of the century.
Traditionally, books have polarized Europe by focusing on points of divergence. European Politics provides a thoroughgoing analysis of several converging themes, including political culture, the nature of the state, party systems, and the formation of government and public policies. With this approach to economic, social and political aspects of politi
About the Author
Jan-Erik Lane is Professor of Political Science at the University of Geneva.
Table of Contents
Convergence versus DivergenceHistorical LegaciesThe EconomySocial StructuresEuropean IntegrationPolitical InstitutionsParty SystemsGovernmentsThe Public SectorPolitical CultureConcluding Chapter Party Governance