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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Contemporary Europe

Edition 3rd edition
ISBN 9780230282896
Publication Date April 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Foundations Series

This fully revised third edition provides a wide-ranging introduction to political, economic and social life across the whole continent. Ideal for students new to the subject, this popular text stimulates fresh thinking on issues and debates.

RICHARD SAKWA Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent, UK. He has published widely on Soviet and Russian affairs and his research interests focus on problems of democratic development in Russia, the nature of post-communism, and the global challenges facing the former communist countries.
ANNE STEVENS Emeritus Professor of European Studies at Aston University, UK. She has a particular interest in the relationship between politics and administration. She is the author of Government and Politics of France (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and of Women, Power and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Introduction: The Many Dimensions of Europe
Historical Background
Towards One Europe?
The European Union: The Challenge of Success
Government and Politics
Political Participation in Europe
Social Structure
The European Economy
Regions and Regional Politics in Europe
European Security
The Cultural Dimension

MIKE BOWKER School of Economic and Political Studies, University of East Anglia, UK
JOHN COOMBES formerlyDepartment of Literature, University of Essex, UK
JACKIE GOWER Department of War Studies, King's College London, UK
ROBERT LADRECH School of Politics, International Relations and the Environment, University of Keele, UK
JORG MATHIAS School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, UK
WILLIAM OUTHWAITE Department of Sociology, University of Newcastle, UK
DIETER RUCHT (Social Science Research Centre), Berlin, Germany
THOMAS SAALFELD Department of Social and Economic Sciences, Otto-Friedrich-Universitaet Bamberg, Germany
VIVIEN SCHMIDT Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Department of International Relations, Boston University, USA


'A welcome new edition of this established text on today's Europe. Diverse chapters written by acknowledged experts from multiple backgrounds will help students make sense of what has suddenly become one of the most changeable regions in the world.' - John McCormick, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA
'The new edition provides a stimulating, comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to contemporary Europe.' - John Greenaway, University of East Anglia, UK
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