With a total population of some 500 million, the unified countries of modern Europe constitute the world's largest collection of successful capitalist democracies. Yet within it, there are distinct clusters of states, each with its own characteristics, historical allegiances and political processes.Combining superb scholarship and rigorous empirical data with an accessible and engaging writing style, Representative Government in Modern Europe remains the leading textbook on comparativeEuropean politics. The fifth edition reflects key events and changes including the impact of the world financial and economic crisis; the EU's adoption of the Lisbon Treaty; and the election of a centre-right governments in Germany and the UK.
Retaining its comprehensive thematic approach to Europe as an integrated whole, while reflecting the continued importance of the EU, the new edition explores the key themes emerging in European politics:
the importance of political leadership,
the rise of the populist and extreme right,
the personalisation of politics,
Michael Gallagher is Professor of Comparative Politics at Trinity College, University of Dublin. He has also held Visiting Chairs at Sciences-Po, Lille, City University of Hong Kong, The Centre for Eurpean Studies, New York University. Michael Laver is Chair, Department of Politics, New York University, and was previously Professor of Politics at Trinity College, Dublin. He is Visiting Professor Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Bologna. Peter Mair is Professor of Comparative Politics and Government at the European University Institute, Italy. He was previously attached to Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he held the Chair of Comparative Politics and where he is now Honourary Professor in Comparative European Politics.
1.Introduction 2.The executive3.Parliaments4.Constitutions, judges and politics5.The EU and representative government6.Levels of governance7.Patterns in party politics and party systems8.Party families9.Cleavage structures and electoral change10.Inside European political parties11.Elections, electoral systems and referendums12.Building and maintaining a government13.Does representative government make a difference?14.Politics outside parliament