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European Democracies

ISBN-10: 0205779727
ISBN-13: 9780205779727
Edition: 7th 2011
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List price: $79.80
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Markus Crepaz is Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia.J�rg Steiner is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of Bern.

Preface
About the Authors
Becoming Modern in Europe and America: Different History, Different Politics
How Do We Know that Europe Is Different?
Explaining Differences: The Impact of History, Geography, and Culture
Structure of the Book
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Political Parties
Political Parties-The "Children of Democracy"
Functions of Political Parties
Differences between Political Parties and Interest Groups
Socialists
Liberals
Conservatives
Christian Democrats
New Radical Right
Greens
Regional Parties
A Multidimensional Political Space
Membership in Political Parties
Stability and Change of Parties and Party Systems
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Parliaments: How They Are Elected and How They Work
Winner-Take-All: Great Britain
Party List Proportional Representation: The Netherlands
Personalized Proportional Representation: Switzerland, Ireland, and Germany
Switzerland
Ireland
Germany
Changing the Electoral System: France and Italy
France
Italy
Voter Turnout
Legislative Behavior
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Cabinet Formation and Heads of State
Single-Party Majority Cabinets
Minimal-Winning Cabinets
Oversized Cabinets
Minority Cabinets
Cabinet Instability
Semipresidential Systems
Advantages and Disadvantages of Parliamentary and Presidential Systems
Advantages and Disadvantages of Presidentialism
Advantages and Disadvantages of Parliamentarism
Heads of State
Monarchial Head of State
Civilian Heads of State
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Courts
Great Britain
Switzerland
Germany
France
Hungary
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Federalism and Referenda
Switzerland: Prototypical Case of a Federalist Country with a Strong Referendum
European Trend toward Federalism and Referenda
Arguments against Federalism and Referenda
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Social Movements
Environmental Movement
Peace, Third-World, and Antiglobalization Movements
Women's Movement
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Movement
Youth Movement
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
The State and Economic Interest Groups
The State as a Political Actor
Economic Interest Groups
Pluralism and Corporatism
The Theory of Corporatism
The Future of Corporatism
Comparing European and American Responses to the Great Meltdown of 2008
The Paternalist Role of the State
Attitudes toward Risk
Class Consciousness
Civil Service in Europe
Family, History Matters
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Policy Outcomes
Explaining Variation in Poverty Rates
Explaining Further Policy Outcomes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
The End of the Cold War
Classical Marxism
Neo-Marxism
Communism in Central and Eastern Europe
Poland
Hungary
East Germany
Communism in Western Europe
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Transitions to Democracy
The Federal Republic of Germany After 1945
Italy After 1945
Spain After 1975
Hungary After 1989
Poland After 1989
Ukraine in 2004
Explanations
Russia
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Nationalism and Ethnicity
War in Former Yugoslavia
Northern Ireland
Basque Country
Immigration
Sports Events
More Benign Aspects
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Power Sharing in Deeply Divided Societies
Development of the Theory of Power Sharing
Critique of the Theory of Power Sharing
Northern Ireland
Former Czechoslovakia
Former Yugoslavia
Power Sharing and Deliberation
Normative Evaluation of Power Sharing
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
The European Union
History of European Integration
Council of Ministers
European Council
European Commission
European Parliament
European Court of Justice
European Bureaucracy
What Does the European Union Do?
Agricultural Policy
Regional and Development Policy
Common Currency-the Euro
Continued Expansion: Where Does "Europe" End?
Turkey's EU Membership Prospects
A Constitution for Europe? "Non" and "Nee"
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Globalization and European Democracies
What Is Globalization?
How Should Globalization Be Measured?
The Challenges of Globalization for European Democracies
The Welfare State and Globalization
Immigration and Globalization
Globalization and the Fragility of Community
Is Globalization a Threat or an Opportunity for European Democracies?
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Notes
Index

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