Routledge Handbook of European Elections

Edited by Donatella M. Viola

© 2016 – Routledge

786 pages | 49 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2015-09-07
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About the Book

The Routledge Handbook of European Elections explores the multifaceted dimension of the European Parliament’s (EP) electoral contests across the European Community and European Union since 1979.

After setting a general empirical and theoretical framework, this collaborative project presents original contributions from leading experts in the field. Each case study adheres to a common template that makes it easy to compare data, methodology and outcomes.

Every country chapter includes:

  • a brief geopolitical profile and historical background of the Member State;
  • a glance at the national political landscape;
  • a brief account of the main political parties, including their attitude toward the European Union;
  • a section on public opinion and European integration;
  • a summary of electoral systems;
  • an overview of all EP and national elections;
  • an in-depth analysis of the 2009 EP electoral race;
  • an overall theoretical interpretation of European elections.

A comparative chapter closes the Handbook followed by an extensive coverage of the 2014 EP contest with a detailed analysis of the newly elected European Assembly in terms of political group and gender composition.

The volume aims to enhance readers’ understanding of the European Parliament and revive their interest in the European integration process. By providing a wide range of national and European facts and figures, this investigation represents a comprehensive reference guide to scholars, practitioners and students of the European Parliament, European elections, political parties, European Union, comparative and gender politics.

Table of Contents

Foreword J.H.H. Weiler Preface Donatella M. Viola PrologueDonatella M. Viola Part I: General Framework 1. The Genesis of the European Parliament: from Appointed Consultative Assembly to Directly Elected Legislative Body Donatella M. Viola2. European Parliament’s Internal Composition and Organization Donatella M. Viola3. European Parliament Elections TheoriesDonatella M. Viola Part II: Country Case Reviews: The ‘Old’ Member States The Founding Members 4. France Julien Navarro 5. Germany Siegfried Schieder and José M. Magone 6. ItalyDonatella M. Viola 7. BelgiumNathalie Brack and Jean-Benoit Pilet8. The NetherlandsHans Vollaard, Gerrit Voerman and Nelleke van de Walle9. LuxembourgPatrick Dumont, Raphaël Kies and Philippe Poirier The First Enlargement Countries 10. The United Kingdom Julie Smith 11. IrelandRichard Dunphy 12. DenmarkCarina Bischoff and Marlene Wind The Second and Third Enlargement Countries 13. GreeceMaria M. Mendrinou 14. SpainJosé M. Magone 15. PortugalJosé M. Magone The Fourth Enlargement Countries 16. AustriaSylvia Kritzinger and Karin Liebhart 17. Finland Tapio Raunio 18. SwedenCarina Bischoff and Marlene Wind The ‘New’ Member States: The Fifth Enlargement Countries Southern Mediterranean Countries 19. MaltaRoderick Pace 20. CyprusKalliope Agapiou-Josephides Central and Eastern European Countries 21. SloveniaDanica Fink-Hafner and Tomaž Deželan22. EstoniaPiret Ehin 23. LatviaJānis Ikstens 24. LithuaniaIrmina Matonytė25. Czech RepublicMichal Klíma26. SlovakiaMarek Rybář27. HungaryAttila Ágh and Sándor Kurtán 28. Poland Jerzy Jaskiernia 29. Bulgaria Dobrin Kanev and Katia Hristova-Valtcheva 30. Romania Gabriela Borz and Alina Mihaela Stănciulescu 31. Comparative Analysis of European Elections: Final Remarks Donatella M. Viola Epilogue: Old and New Trends in the 2014 European Election Donatella M. Viola

About the Editor

Donatella M. Viola, PhD London School of Economics, is Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Calabria, Italy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General