European Politics: Pasts, presents, futures

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-03-13
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book arises out of a specially commissioned issue of West European Politics marking the journal's 30th anniversary. It examines the profound changes in the European political landscape over the last three decades, including the fall of Communism; progressive European integration; territorial restructuring; public sector reforms at European, national, regional and local levels; changes in democratic participation, protest, elections, political communication, political parties and party competition; and challenges to the welfare state. The book also discusses how political science has responded to these changes in terms of its substantive focus, concepts, methods and theories. Many of the 17 contributions included identify important challenges for the future, including those stemming from EU integration, the reduced electoral accountability of politicians, the problematic legitimation of party government and the sharpening of the edges of the state. Contributors include K. A. Anderson, F. C. Castles, C. Crouch, M. Egeberg. M. Ferrera, H. Goetz, L. Hooghe, E. M. Immergut, R. F. Inglehart, M. Keating, H.-D. Klingemann H. Kriesi, M. Lodge, J. Lovenduski, P. Mair, G. Marks, Y. M#xE9;ny, L. Morlino, H. Obinger, V. A. Schmidt, P. C. Schmitter, and G. Smith. This book was published as a special issue of West European Politics.

Author Biography

Klaus H. Goetz is Professor of German and European Politics and Government at the University of Potsdam and a Visiting Fellow at the European Institute, LSE. Peter Mair is Professor of Comparative Politics, European University Institute. Gordon Smith is Professor Emeritus of Government at the LSE.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Notes on Contributorsp. xiii
Trajectories of European Politics: An Introductionp. 1
Change in European Societies since the 1970sp. 14
Democracy and Changes: How Research Tails Realityp. 40
Thirty Years of Territorial Politicsp. 60
The European Welfare State: Golden Achievements, Silver Prospectsp. 82
European Union?p. 108
Changing Values among Western Publics from 1970 to 2006p. 130
Political Mobilisation, Political Participation and the Power of the Votep. 147
State Feminism and Women's Movementsp. 169
The Changing Politics of Organised Interestsp. 195
The Challenge to Party Governmentp. 211
European Government(s): Executive Politics in Transition?p. 235
Governance as a Path to Governmentp. 258
Regulation, the Regulatory State and European Politicsp. 280
European Political Economy: Labour Out, State Back In, Firm to the Forep. 302
Worlds, Families, Regimes: Country Clusters in European and OECD Area Public Policyp. 321
Historical Institutionalism and West European Politicsp. 345
Capacities: Political Science in Europep. 370
Indexp. 397
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