A fully revised fourth edition of a popular introduction to the comparative politics of Europe, written by a highly respected authority on the subject. This lively and thematically organised text provides an accessible guide to the institutions and the issues that matter in a continent where the boundaries between East and West, and between domestic and European affairs are increasingly breaking down. Covering a wide array of countries it is a concise yet comprehensive overview of one of the world's most important and fascinating regions.
Written in an approachable style and packed with up-to-date, real-world examples and information, this is the ideal place for students to begin and to deepen their understanding of Europe's politics. It can be adapted as a standalone text on modules on Comparative European Politics and will be of use as a key reading on undergraduate courses on Comparative Politics more broadly, as well as European Union Politics.
Tim Bale is Chair in Politics, Queen Mary University of London, UK. He has published widely on European and British politics.
1. Introduction.- 2. The End of the Nation State?.- 3. From Government to Governance.- 4. Governments and Parliaments.- 5. Parties.- 6. Elections, Voting and Referendums.- 7. The Media.- 8. Participation and Pressure Politics.- 9. Politics over Markets.- 10. Not Wanted but Needed.- 11. Protecting and Promoting