This is a clear, comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the institutional regimes of countries in Western Europe written by an outstanding group of political scientists. Completely revised and updated throughout, Comparative European Politics 3rd edition:
- provides a complete coverage of individual countries or group of countries, as well as to the European Union allowing readers to draw sophisticated comparisons between countries
- is written to a common template so that each chapter explores political parties, elections and electoral rules, parliaments, local, regional and state governments, and the relations between domestic institutions and the European Union.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Josep M. Colomer 2. Great Britain and Ireland: Variations in party government Ian Budge 3. Germany: The grand coalition state Manfred G. Schmidt 4. France: The institutionalization of leadership Yves Mény 5. Italy: The never ending transition of a democratic regime Gianfranco Pasquino 6. Spain and Portugal: Rule by party leadership Josep M. Colomer 7. The Low Countries: Confrontation and coalition in segmented societies Hans Keman 8. The Nordic Countries: Compromise and corporatism in the welfare state Jan-Erik Lane and Svante Ersson 9. The European Union: A federal, democratic empire? Josep M. Colomer
Josep M. Colomer is Professor of Political Science and Chair of Comparative European Politics at the University of Bristol. He is the author, among other books, of Great Empires, Small Nations (2007), Political Institutions (2001) and editor of the Handbook of Electoral System Choice (2004).