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2nd Edition

Contemporary European Politics
A Comparative Introduction

ISBN 9781138895027
Published May 29, 2019 by Routledge
590 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Revised throughout, the second edition of this comprehensive and highly respected textbook continues to provide a thorough introduction to European and European Union politics.

Pairing a genuinely comparative approach with in-depth analysis of the national, supranational, local and regional political systems of large and small countries across Europe, including Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, this accessible book covers history, theory, institutions, parties and party systems, and interest groups, among others.

Key topics and features of this book:

  • Examines the European Union multilevel governance system and uses a regional cluster approach to highlight differences across Europe.
  • Contextualises European politics in a theoretical framework explaining the major political, social and economic transformations taking place in the information age.
  • A new chapter on the comparative political systems and cultures of wider Europe, particularly Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus and Turkey.
  • Engages with the latest challenges and crises facing Europe, including new streamlined chapters on parties, elections, politics and policy-making of the European Union.
  • Extended coverage of hot topics such as finance and the Eurocrisis, immigration, populism and xenophobia.
  • Uses a wide range of pedagogical features including further readings and revision questions.
  • Includes a fully updated companion website containing rich reference data, chapter summaries and weblinks.

Richly illustrated throughout, this work is an indispensable resource for all students and scholars of European politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Contemporary European Politics

2. The Historical Development of European Politics

3. The Transformation of European Politics

4. Government in Multilevel Europe

5. The Diversity of Parliamentarianism in Multilevel Europe

6. Judicial Power in Multilevel Europe

7. Political Parties, Party Systems and Elections in Europe

8. Interest Groups and Systems of Interest Intermediation

9. Regional and Local Government in Multilevel Europe

10. National Politics and the European Union

11. The Political Systems of the Wider Europe: Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Georgia

12. Conclusions: Reinventing Europe

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José M. Magone is Professor in Regional and Global Governance at the Berlin School of Economics, and Law, Germany. He was previously Reader in European Politics at the University of Hull, UK. Among his 16 books are the edited volumes The Politics of Contemporary Portugal (2014), Routledge Handbook of European Politics (2015), Core-Periphery relations in the European Union (with Brigid Laffan and Christian Schweiger, 2016), The Statecraft of Consensus Democracies (2017), and Contemporary Spanish Politics (third edition, 2018).


Praise from the first edition:

"Ambitious in scope, impressive in its mastery of historical detail and contemporary theory, bold in its methods – and highly readable. Magone’s work is destined to become a classic reference for any student of European politics."David Hanley, Professor Emeritus of European Studies, Cardiff University, UK

"With a rare combination of encyclopaedic knowledge and analytical skills, this engaging textbook takes Europe back to where the action is. José Magone’s pan-European approach offers a comprehensive and careful view of European politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall and provides a truly comparative basis for understanding the most recent dynamics of Europe at different levels. The result is a book which is an invaluable addition to the literature."

José Ramón Montero, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Praise for this edition:

"A sweeping buffet of facts and arguments analyzing change in Europe from the 17th century to 2018. A useful blend of theory and empirics for those who want an accessible introduction to a diverse region."

Nancy Bermeo, Professor Emeritus University of Oxford, UK