Provides a comprehensive introduction to the political system and processes of western Europe. Demonstrates clearly that political decisions are made in the context of specific historical developments, geographical constraints and social demands. Fully updated to take account of the recent French, British and Italian general elections as well as the momentous changes that have taken place in global politics as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the preparations for EU enlargement. Chapters on the European Union and democracy in western Europe have been substantially revised to take account of globalisation and recent political corruption issues. -- .
Patricia Hogwood is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Glasgow. Geoffrey Roberts was Lecturer in the department of Politics at the University of Manchester -- .
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 -- .