Routledge Handbook of European Elections

Routledge Handbook of European Elections

by Donatella M. Viola

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The Routledge Handbook of European Elections explores the multifaceted dimension of the European Parliament’s (EP) electoral contests across the European Community and European Union since 1979.

After setting a general empirical and theoretical framework, this collaborative project presents original contributions from leading experts from virtually all the corners of the European Union. Each case study adheres to a common template that makes it easy to compare data, methodology and outcomes.

Every country chapter includes:

  • a brief geopolitical profile and historical background of the Member State;
  • a glance at the national political landscape;
  • a short account of the main political parties, including their attitude toward the European Union;
  • a section on public opinion and European integration;
  • a summary of electoral systems;
  • an overview of all EP and national elections;
  • an in-depth analysis of the 2009 EP electoral race;
  • an overall theoretical interpretation of European elections.

A comparative chapter closes the Handbook followed by an Epilogue focussing on the 2014 EP contest with a detailed analysis of the newly elected European Assembly in terms of political group and gender compostion.

The volume aims to enhance readers’ understanding of the European Parliament and revive their interest in the European integration process. By providing a wide range of national and European facts and figures, this investigation represents a comprehensive reference guide to scholars, practitioners, and students of the European Parliament, European elections, political parties, European Union and comparative politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317503620
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/14/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 786
File size: 21 MB
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About the Author

Donatella M. Viola, PhD London School of Economics, is Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Calabria, Italy.

Table of Contents

Foreword  J.H.H. Weiler

Preface  Donatella M. Viola

Prologue  Donatella M. Viola

Part I: General Framework

1. The Genesis of the European Parliament: from Appointed Consultative Assembly to Directly Elected Legislative Body  Donatella M. Viola

2. European Parliament’s Internal Composition and Organization  Donatella M. Viola

3. European Parliament Elections Theories   Donatella M. Viola


Part II: Country Case Reviews

The Old Member States

The Founding Members

4. France  Julien Navarro

5. Germany  Siegfried Schieder and José M. Magone

6. Italy   Donatella M. Viola

7. Belgium   Nathalie Brack and Jean-Benoit Pilet

8. The Netherlands   Hans Vollaard, Gerrit Voerman and Nelleke van de Walle

9. Luxembourg   Patrick Dumont, Raphaël Kies and Philippe Poirier


The First Enlargement Countries

10. The United Kingdom   Julie Smith

11. Ireland   Richard Dunphy

12. Denmark   Carina Bischoff and Marlene Wind


The Second and Third Enlargement Countries

13. Greece   Maria M. Mendrinou

14. Spain   José M. Magone

15. Portugal   José M. Magone


The Fourth Enlargement Countries

16. Austria   Sylvia Kritzinger and Karin Liebhart

17. Finland   Tapio Raunio

18. Sweden   Carina Bischoff and Marlene Wind


The New Member States

The Fifth Enlargement Countries Southern Mediterranean Countries

19. Malta   Roderick Pace

20. Cyprus   Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides


Central and Eastern European Countries

21. Slovenia   Danica Fink-Hafner and Tomaž Deželan

22. Estonia   Piret Ehin

23. Latvia   Jānis Ikstens

24. Lithuania   Irmina Matonytė

25. Czech Republic   Michal Klíma

26. Slovakia   Marek Rybář

27. Hungary   Attila Ágh and Sándor Kurtán 

28. Poland   Jerzy Jaskiernia

29. Bulgaria   Dobrin Kanev and Katia Hristova-Valtcheva

30. Romania   Gabriela Borz


Final Remarks: Comparative Analysis of European Elections   Donatella M. Viola

Epilogue: Old and New Trends in the 2014 European Election   Donatella M. Viola

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