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Politics in Europe

Author: M Donald Hancock
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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In jargon-free English, the contributors to this study examine the main political issues facing six European states and the European Community as an entity itself.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M Donald Hancock
ISBN: 1933116455 9781933116457
OCLC Number: 70149296
Notes: Errata sheet tipped in.
Description: xxii, 670 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: The why, what, and how of comparative politics. A common analytical framework ; Choice of cases ; Contrasting system types --
Part 1. United Kingdom / B. Guy Peters and Christopher J. Carman. The context of British politics. A united kingdom of four countries, Stability and change, Traditional and modern: the political culture of the United Kingdom, Class politics, but ..., Conservatively liberal policy ideas, Isolated but European ; Where Is the power? British parliamentary government, The monarch, The Prime Minister, Cabinet and government, Parliament, The Civil Service, The Judiciary, The rest of government ; Who has the power? Political parties, The party and electoral systems, The two major parties, Voting and elections, Pressure groups and corporatism ; How is power used? The parliamentary process and new policies, Policy continuation: budgeting, Policy making in Great Britain ; What is the future of British politics? The economy, The public sector, Who rules Great Britain?, Who rules in government?, Continued devolution, breakup, or what? --
Part 2. France / William Safran. The context of French politics. Religion and social class, Education, Revolutions, regime changes, and legitimacy crises, Aspects of French political culture ; Where is the power? The president and the government, The Parliament, The administrative state ; Who has the power? Political parties: traditional 'political families', Parties and elections in the Fifth Republic, Interest groups ; How is power used? Deputies, senators, and decisions, Bureaucratic politics, Delegating responsibility for decisions, Conflicts within the system ; What is the future of French politics? Stability, modernization, and democracy, Administration and justice: developments and reforms, Problems and prospects for France --
Part 3. Germany / David P. Conradt. The context of German politics. Historical context, Federalism, Geographic and demographic context, Religion, Socioeconomic structure, Education, Political attitudes ; Where Is the Power? Policy-making institutions, 'Chancellor democracy', Formal policy-making procedures, The judiciary ; Who has the power? Political parties, Interest groups, Citizens and elections ; How is power used? Semipublic institutions, The use of power in the social-liberal era, 1969-1982, How power was used after the Wende, 1982-1989, How power was used in the unification process, The use of power by Schröder's Red-Green Coalition (1998-2005), How power was used in Schröder's second term (2002-2005), How power will be used: Grand Coalition, 2005, The process of policy implementation ; What is the future of German politics? Institutional gridlock and the Federal System, The economy, Putting Germany back together again: the continued challenge of rebuilding and integrating the East, Minorities: foreign residents, immigrants, and right-wing violence, Germany's international role, Germany and the September 11 attacks --
Part 4. Italy / Raffaella Nanetti. The context of Italian politics. Historical context, Socioeconomic context, Religion, Education, Political culture ; Where is the Power? The President: guarantor of the Constitution and ceremonial chief of state, The Prime Minister and the Cabinet, The Parliament, The bureaucracy, Public corporations and semi-independent agencies, The judiciary, Subnational governments ; Who has the power? Political parties, The voters: the electoral system and voting behavior, Interest groups ; How is power used? Policy formulation, Policy implementation, Policy outputs ; What is the future of Italian politics? Elements of strength and seeds of crisis in the Italian political system, Italy and the European Union, The question of institutional reform, An uncertain future. Part 5. Sweden / M. Donald Hancock. The context of Swedish politics. Geography, resources, and population, Early political development, Democratization and industrialization, Political culture: constants and change, Neutrality and internationalism, Development of the welfare state ; Where is the power? The Riksdag, The Prime Minister and the Cabinet, The monarch, Other institutional actors, A consensual democracy ; Who has the power? Political parties, Interest groups, Administrative elites, Elections, Governments and opposition ; How is power used? Policy process, Policy outcomes, Dealignment and erosion of the Swedish model: a chronology, Sweden and the European Union, Implications for power as process and outcomes ; What is the future of Swedish politics? Transforming trends, Transformation of the Swedish model, 'Breakthrough' versus 'rationalizing' politics --
Part 6. Russia / Stephen White. The context of Russian politics. A continent more than a country, A Slavic people, Patterns of history, The impact of Communist rule, Political development and democratization, Gorbachev and Perestroika, Constructing postcommunism ; Where is the power? The Russian presidency, The Prime Minister and government, The Duma and the legislative process ; Who has the power? Toward competitive politics, The 1999 and 2003 Duma elections, The political parties, Parties and politics in postcommunist Russia ; How is power used? Privatizing the economy, Foreign and security policy, The CIS and the East ; What is the future of Russian politics? An incomplete democracy, Human rights --
Part 7. Poland / Marjorie Castle. The context of Polish politics. Geographic and historical context, Present-day cleavages, Political culture ; Where is the power? Politics by trial and error: changing rules with uncertain implications, The institutions of power ; Who has the power? Parties and the party system, Other political forces at work ; How is power used? Two criteria: electoral accountability and policy responsiveness, Explaining political performance, Cleavages and the party system ; What is the future of Polish politics? Political realignment, Economic prospects and political consequences --
Part 8. European Union / M. Donald Hancock and B. Guy Peters. The context of European Union politics. A comparative overview, From the ECSC to the EU, Economic, monetary, and political union, The Amsterdam Treaty and beyond ; Where Is the Power? The European Council and the Council of the European Union, Decision modes, The European Commission, The European Parliament, The Court of Justice of the European communities, The European Central Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Other institutions ; Who has the power? National governments as actors, The councils as actors, The European Commission and 'bureaucratic politics', European Parliament as legislator and watchdog, Private interests, Public opinion, Influential individuals ; How is power used? Executive accountability, Policy making, The role of implementation, The budgetary process, Common foreign and security policy ; What is the future of European Union politics? A draft constitutional treaty for Europe, Pending enlargement of the EU, The future is now.
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