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.
From Europeanisation to Diffusion
Policy Change & Discourse in Europe
Accountability and European Governance
The Politics of Belgium Institutions and Policy under Bipolar and Centrifugal Federalism
European Politics Pasts, presents, futures
By Tanja A. Borzel, Thomas Risse
July 22, 2015
This book provides a comprehensive account of the extent to which policies and institutions of the European Union (EU) spread across different contexts. Are the EU’s attempts to transfer its policies and institutions to accession and neighbourhood countries sustainable and effective? To what degree...
By Claudio M. Radaelli, Vivien Schmidt
June 08, 2015
A new examination of the actual place of discourse in democratic policymaking. It tackles key questions, such as when and how does discourse matter during major political institutional change? and what is the power of Europeanization in domestic and international policy changes...
By Emanuele Massetti, Simon Toubeau
April 09, 2014
The book analyses how political parties compete and strategise on the issue of territorial reform using case-studies that include countries from both Western (Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain) and Central-Eastern Europe (Poland, Slovakia and Romania). Each case-study considers different drivers of...
By Deirdre Curtin, Peter Mair, Yannis Papadopoulos
May 31, 2013
In recent years there has been a considerable effort in some transnational organizations and institutions to confront a crisis of legitimacy by promising more accountability and openness. This volume takes as its central focus the role of accountability in democratic governance, and attempts to ...
By Marleen Brans, Lieven De Winter, Wilfried Swenden
December 11, 2013
For too long Belgium remained an unexplored terrain by comparative political scientists. Belgium's politics were best known through the writings of Arend Lijphart, who considered it a model case of consociationalism. Over the past ten to fifteen years, the analysis of consociationalism has been ...
By Kevin Featherstone
December 27, 2005
This rare focus on the politics of contemporary Greece explores in particular the country’s processes of public policy-making. It is more than thirty years since the restoration of democracy in Greece and in this period the country has undergone a number of major changes. Domestic political ...
By Oyvind Osterud
October 18, 2013
The transformation of Norway is a magnifying glass to processes of political change in European countries generally. In this book, a group of Norway`s most prominent political scientists closely analyzes the forces of change - ranging from the political apparatus, the mode of partisan ...
By Klaus H Goetz, Peter Mair, Gordon Smith
October 06, 2010
This book arises out of a specially commissioned issue of West European Politics marking the journal's 30th anniversary. It examines the profound changes in the European political landscape over the last three decades, including the fall of Communism; progressive European integration; territorial ...
By Jan Beyers, Rainer Eising, William A. Maloney
March 29, 2012
Interest organizations have always assumed a prominent place in European politics because they link states with citizens, institutionalize the resolution of social conflicts, regulate important sectors of the economy and society, contribute to workable policy outcomes and socialize members into ...
By Zsolt Enyedi, Kevin Deegan-Krause
May 03, 2013
Is European party politics hovering above society? Why do voters pick one party over others? Is it a question of class? Of religion? Of attitudes about taxes or immigration or global warming? Or is it something else entirely? The Structure of Political Competition in Western Europe takes a detailed...
By Aleks Szczerbiak, Paul Taggart
September 30, 2009
A series of EU accession referendums were held in nine candidate countries, eight post-communist states and Malta, between March and September 2003. These referendums provide us with an excellent comparative opportunity to deepen our understanding of the European integration issue and how it ...