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Representative Government in Modern Europe

ISBN-10: 007297706X

ISBN-13: 9780072977066

Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Michael Laver, Michael Gallagher, Peter Mair

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The fourth edition of this text continues to unite the theoretical analysis of representative government and its application to the real world of politics--with a unique focus on the core features of representative government as they manifest themselves across the whole of modern Europe. The book identifies and examines broad themes and patterns in the politics of the whole of "modern Europe"--not, as some other books do, only with regard to a handful of often atypical countries.Europe has been transformed by the dramatic democratization of many of the former Communist states of central and eastern Europe; reflecting this change, the fourth edition has also been transformed: country coverage has been extended to include all of the eight post-communist states that are now members of the EU, and discussion of politics in these countries has been integrated into the main body of text and tables. The "modern Europe" discussed in this book is thus the Europe that came into being in May 2004, and the text reflects the ways in which thinking about representative government has changed as a result of these dramatic developments.
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Book details

List price: $89.38
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 5/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Peter Mair (1951-2011) was one of the leading political scientists of his generation. He studied at University College Dublin and the University of Leiden, and worked at universities in Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy, finally becoming Professor of Comparative Politics at the European University Institute, Florence. His books include Party System Change and, with Stefano Bartolini, Identity, Competition and Electoral Availability.

The Executive
Constitutions, Judges, and Politics
The European Union and Representative Government
Levels of Governance
Patterns in Party Politics and Party Systems
Party Families
Cleavage Structures and Electoral Change
Inside European Political Parties
Elections, Electoral Systems, and Referendums
Building and Maintaining Government
Does Representative Government Make a Difference?
Politics Outside Parliament