A pioneering textbook which explains the dynamics of politics across Europe in the post-Cold war era. Comparing democratisation, transition to a market economy and increasing economic and political integration in the countries of central and eastern Europe with experiences in Scandinavia, and southern and western Europe, the book provides a wealth of information and analysis on the state of Europe at the end of a momentous century of European and World history.
PART I: THE NEW EUROPEAN ORDER
1. Security and peace
2. European Union and the European Union
3. The European state
4. States, territories and ethnonationalism: Variations on one, or two themes?
PART II: MEDIATING INTERNAL CONFLICTS
5. Support for democracy
6. Television, radio and press
7. Institutionalising interests
8. Environment and peace: a new politics of social movements?
9. The old politics of political parties
PART III: STEERING STATES
10. Building the institutional framework: electoral systems, party systems and presidents
11. Parties, parliaments and governments
12. Parties, governments and bureaucracies
13. Regions and localities: power-sharing with the periphery
14. Judges and courts: interpreting rules or making policy
PART IV: POLITICAL ECONOMY
15. Reshaping the welfate state
16. Managing the economy
PART V: THE FUTURE OF THE NEW EUROPE
17. Minorities and migrants: European dilemmas
18. Strategic choices for Europe