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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

European Politics

A Comparative Introduction

ISBN 9780230801868
Publication Date April 2005
Formats Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Comparative Government and Politics

A major new thematically-organised introduction to the governance and politics of Europe. This text provides an accessible, up-to-date guide to both the institutions and the issues that matter in a continent where the boundaries between East and West, and between domestic and EU affairs are breaking down. Covering, but not confining itself to, a common core of countries (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK), it is a concise yet comprehensive introduction to one of the world's most important and fascinating regions.

TIM BALE is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Sussex, UK. He was previously Lecturer in Politics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Europe: A Continent in the Making
The End of the Nation State? Federalism, Devolution and the European Union
From Government to Governance: Running the State, Making Policy, and Policing the Constitution
Governments and Parliaments: A Long Way from Equality
Parties: How the Past Affects the Present, and An Uncertain Future
Elections, Voting and Referendums: Systems, Turnout, Preferences and Unpredictability
The Media: Player and Recorder
Pressure Politics: Civil Society, Organised Interests and New Social Movements
Politics Over Economics: Enduring Differences Between Left and Right
Not Wanted but Needed: Migrants and Minorities
Making the World a Better Place? Europe's International Politics


'This is not only the book I would like to use, it is also the book I would like to have written. It is certainly one that I will recommend to students as an introduction. Hats off to Bale for undertaking such an ambitious task.' - Dr Erik Jones, Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center, Johns Hopkins University
'Engaging and thought-provoking, and covering institutions and processes at both national and EU levels, this is an excellent comparative and continent-wide introduction to politics in the new Europe.' - Professor JohnMcCormick, Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA'As with most good textbooks, it is based on years of teaching the subject and understanding what students want. Though written at a level comprehensible to undergraduate students, it manages to convey the sense of key concepts such as Europeanisation and multi-level governance, and theoretical frameworks such as rational choice...lucid in its analysis and extensive in its coverage it addresses key issues of comparative politics...combining clear thematic focus with national examples is a strength. Few comparative politics textbooks manage to do so, and Bale's book is likely to become a leading text in comparative European politics for years to come. ' - Professor Alistair Cole, The Times Higher Education Supplement
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