West European Politics has established itself as the foremost journal for the comparative analysis of European political institutions, politics and public policy. Its comprehensive scope, which includes the European Union, makes it essential reading for both academics and political practitioners. The books in this series have originated from special issues published by West European Politics.
Democratic Representation in Multi-level Systems: The Vices and Virtues of Regionalisation
Europe's Union in Crisis: Tested and Contested
Secrecy in European Politics
Understanding Electoral Reform
Assessing Political Representation in Europe
Sonia Lucarelli, James Sperling, Mark Webber
November 12, 2019
Collective Securitisation and Security Governance in the European Union presents an integrated theory of collective securitisation – a theoretical foundation for explaining how the process of collective securitisation sustains and makes effective an identifiable system of regional security...
Thomas Däubler, Jochen Müller, Christian Stecker
May 08, 2019
This comprehensive volume studies the vices and virtues of regionalisation in comparative perspective, including countries such as Belgium, Germany, Spain, and the UK, and discusses conditions that might facilitate or hamper responsiveness in regional democracies. It follows the entire chain of...
January 31, 2019
The European Union faces a set of inter-related crises that it struggles to contain and address. By exploring how the EU responds to crises and conflict, this volume addresses both its resilience and vulnerability. The EU faces significant challenges: European integration is increasingly...
Pieter de Wilde, Anna Leupold, Henning Schmidtke
January 08, 2019
This book on the differentiated politicisation of European governance provides an overview of research on the growing salience of EU governance, polarisation of opinion and expansion of actors and audiences engaged in monitoring and influencing EU affairs in the national context. The contributors...
Berthold Rittberger, Klaus H. Goetz
December 04, 2018
Secrecy is a prevalent feature of politics within and among liberal democratic states, as well as in the relations between states and international organisations. However, surprisingly little research in political science has explored the effects of secrecy on policy making; the evolution of the...
Rainer Eising, Daniel Rasch, Patrycja Rozbicka
November 13, 2018
Political scientists have always accorded interest organizations a prominent place in European Union (EU) policy-making because they connect the EU institutions to citizens, provide important information to EU policy-makers, and control resources that impact on the problem-solving capacity of EU...
Reuven Y. Hazan, Monique Leyenaar
August 23, 2018
The field of elections and electoral systems, and particularly electoral reform, has exhibited tremendous growth and cross-national appeal over the last two decades. However, beyond an increased knowledge of voting rules and their consequences for political representation, little attention has been...
Christine Arnold, Mark N. Franklin
August 23, 2018
It has long been realized that democratic governance requires a two-way flow of influence. Governments must be able to respond to what people want and people must be able to react to what governments do. These mechanisms of democratic governance have contributed to two research traditions: one, the...
Ruth Dassonneville, Marc Hooghe, Michael S. Lewis-Beck
December 14, 2017
Across representative democracies, there is a strong variation in the rules that govern the electoral process. A classic insight in political science is that these rules, e.g., the presence of a majoritarian or a proportional system have a profound effect on the way a democracy functions. We know...
David Howarth, Huw Macartney
December 12, 2017
Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and the accompanying national bank crises in the European Union brought bank regulation and supervision to the top of the EU policy agenda. In a few short years, we have witnessed a ‘great leap forward’ for European integration marked by over a dozen pieces of EU...
Tapio Raunio, Wolfgang Wagner
October 24, 2017
Bringing together scholars from Europe and North America, this book examines the engagement of legislatures across the world in foreign and security policy. The articles are specifically chosen to cover the whole range of foreign affairs questions from crisis management and military missions, arms...
Ferdinand Muller-Rommel, Fernando Casal Bértoa
June 30, 2017
This edited collection, in honour of the late political scientist Peter Mair, contains original chapters that are directly linked to his theoretical and/or methodological ideas and approaches. Peter Mair demonstrated that political parties have traditionally been central actors in European...