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.
Understanding Electoral Reform
Dynamics of Change in the European Union
France’s Political Institutions at 50
Italy - A Contested Polity
Towards A New Executive Order In Europe?
By 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...
By Pieter de Wilde, Anna Leupold, Henning Schmidtke
January 08, 2018
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 ...
By Katrin Auel, Thomas Christiansen
June 16, 2017
The role of national parliaments in EU matters has become an important subject in the debate over the democratic legitimacy of European Union decision-making. Strengthening parliamentary scrutiny and participation rights at both the domestic and the European level is often seen as an effective ...
By Madeleine Hosli, Amie Kreppel, Bĕla Plechanovová, Amy Verdun
May 24, 2017
This book aims to assess what the changes of the Treaty of Lisbon envisaged and whether these ambitions have materialised since the Treaty entered into force. It offers analyses of the past, as well as what might be the future (because some provisions will only enter into effect in the years to ...
By Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen, Hans Vollaard
May 31, 2017
While the EU legitimacy crisis and the Great Recession prevail, certain European Union principles and policies have to be implemented in the member states. This volume explores the diverse processes, stages and subjects of implementation in a variety of social policies to identify different ...
By Luciano Bardi, Stefano Bartolini, Alexander H. Trechsel
December 05, 2014
For a long time analyses of political parties were framed within the usual context of democracy and of the historical transformation of the forms of democratic government. More recently several authors, among which eminently Peter Mair, progressively began to question the relationship between the ...
By 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 ...
By Daniel Naurin, Anne Rasmussen
May 24, 2017
Agreements concerning inter-institutional rules in the treaties of the European Union often give rise to reactions and processes of adaptation within the EU institutions. Recent literature on EU legislative politics has increasingly examined decision-making within the EU institutions, but has ...
By Emiliano Grossman, Nicolas Sauger
August 03, 2016
Fifty years after the creation of the Fifth Republic, French politics is undergoing profound changes. The election of Nicolas Sarkozy has announced a general review of the French political system. A special committee – the comité constitutionnel – is currently drafting a catalogue of ...
By Martin Bull, Martin Rhodes
August 03, 2016
Despite the promise of the new "Second Republic" launched in the early 1990s, Italy remains Europe’s least well-governed country. Fifteen years ago, politicians on the take and mafiosi on the make were supposedly pushed aside by a new generation of reformers and crusading magistrates. However, in ...
By Virginie Guiraudon, Gallya Lahav
February 29, 2016
Previously published as a special issue of West European Politics, this edited volume evaluates the extent to which a policy gap between inputs and outcomes exists with regard to immigration control. In exploring an expanded migration policy-field which includes the extreme right, the media and ...
By Deirdre Curtin, Morten Egeberg
August 12, 2015
The executive branch of government in Europe is being gradually transformed in several significant respects. First, executive power has been continuously strengthened at the EU level in the form of the European Commission, EU-level agencies and diplomatic and military staff in the Union Council ...