European Politics A Comparative Introduction

ISBN-10: 023036294X
ISBN-13: 9780230362949
Edition: 3rd 2015 (Revised)
Authors: Tim Bale
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List price: $34.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 4/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

List of Illustrative Material
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction
Why European politics?
Why this book?
Keeping it real - and up to date
Where is it going?
Getting started
Europe-A Continent in the Making
People into empires
Empires into nations
Nations into states
States into blocs
The new Europe
Europe's economy - rich in variation
Regions
'Postindustrialism'?
Transition
Globalization and/or Europeanization?
National and patterned variation
Whatever happened to 'the classless society'?
Women - working but not yet winning?
In theory if not in practice � religion in Europe
Composition and identity - multiethnic, multinational - and European?
Learning resources
Discussion questions
The End of the Nation State?
Stateless nations
Belgium - federal solution or slippery slope?
'Asymmetrical' federalism - Spain
The UK - another hybrid
France - no longer quite so indivisible
The EU and the end of sovereignty?
Origins, enlargement and institutions
Integration via economics and law
Tidying-up exercise or step towards a super-state? The Lisbon Treaty
The end of the nation state?
Learning resources
Discussion questions
From Government to Governance - Running the State, Making Policy and Policing the Constitution
Passing power downwards - decentralization
'More control over less' � central government reform
Policy making - sectors and styles
The booming third branch of government - the judicialization of politics
Learning resources
Discussion questions
Governments and Parliaments - A Long Way from Equality
The head of state
Prime minister, cabinet and parliamentary government
Permutations of parliamentary government in multiparty systems
Minimal (connected) winning coalitions
Minority governments
Oversized or surplus majority coalitions
Government duration and stability
Dividing the spoils - 'portfolio allocation'
Governing
Parliaments - one house or two?
Parliaments - hiring and firing
Parliaments - the production of law
Parliaments - scrutiny and oversight
Parliament and government � the European level
Parliament, power and parties
Europe's unrepresentative representatives
Learning resources
Discussion questions
Parties-How the Past Affects the Present, and an Uncertain Future
What are parties, and what are they for?
Organization
Party systems and party families
The bases of party systems � social and institutional, luck and skill
Party system change?
Are parties in decline?
The Europeanization of parties and party systems?
Learning resources
Discussion questions
Elections, Voting and Referendums-Systems, Turnout, Preferences and Unpredictability
Europe's myriad electoral systems
Electoral systems and party systems
Turnout - decline and variation
Volatile voting
Preferences - what makes people vote the way they do?
EP elections
Direct democracy - useful tool or dangerous panacea?
Learning resources
Discussion questions
The Media-Player and Recorder
Variations in usage and style
Structure and regulation
State and public service broadcasting
The connection between media systems and political systems
The changing coverage of politics
Bias and its effects
Pressure groups and populists
A brave new digital world?
'Overseas' news
The media and 'Europe'
Women and the media in Europe
Learning resources
Discussion questions
Participation and Pressure Politics - Civil Society, Organized Interests and Social Movements
Participation - the expanding but not necessarily alternative repertoire
Pressure groups - different types, different opportunities
Pluralism, corporatism and policy networks
Farming - a real world example of power under pressure
There is (still) power in a union
Taking care of business
Rebels with a cause? NGOs and (new) social movements
'Venue shopping' and the Europeanization of pressure politics
Learning resources
On the web
Discussion questions
Politics over Markets: Does Politics - and Left and Right-Still Matter?
Has politics ever really mattered?
Drifting to the right? The centre-left in Europe
Party positions on the welfare state - words and deeds
Privatization
Flexible labour markets?
The EU to the rescue?
The end of the welfare and regulatory state? Separating the facts from the hype
Beyond welfare - and left and right
Why it still makes sense to be different
Learning resources
Discussion questions
Not Wanted but Needed-Migrants and Minorities
Migration into Europe - then and now
Europe's immigrants - grim realities and perceptions
Illegal Immigration
Asylum-seeking
Intra-EU migration since enlargement
The new stereotype - migrants and minorities as terrorists
Political responses - populism, priming and 'Catch-22s'
Integrating and protecting migrants and minorities
Policy responses - towards 'Fortress Europe'?
The Roma - Europe's oldest ethnic minority
No use wishing it away
Learning resources
Discussion questions
Protecting and Promoting-Europe's International Politics
Security and defence � the background
'Old' and 'New' Europe
Still 'the German Question'
Russia - Eurasia's (ex-?) superpower
Europe's Mediterranean 'neighbours'
Towards a European army?
Foreign policy
Europe in the developing countries
Europe and the global environment
Europe as a global trader
Lest we forget - the enlargement and domestication of international politics
Learning resources
Discussion questions
References
Index

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