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European Governmentality: The Liberal Drift of Multilevel Governance

European Governmentality: The Liberal Drift of Multilevel Governance

1st Edition

Richard Münch
September 12, 2014

This book contributes to the literature on the change of governance in the context of its European multilevel organization. The integration of Europe is a process of fundamental social change: a process of constructing a European society and of deconstructing the national societies. Münch...

Russia's Regions and Comparative Subnational Politics

Russia's Regions and Comparative Subnational Politics

1st Edition

William M. Reisinger
September 12, 2014

Subnational political units are growing in influence in national and international affairs, drawing increasing scholarly attention to politics beyond national capitals. In this book, leading Russian and Western political scientists contribute to debates in comparative politics by examining Russia’s...

Inclusion and Exclusion in the Liberal Competition State: The Cult of the Individual

Inclusion and Exclusion in the Liberal Competition State: The Cult of the Individual

1st Edition

Richard Münch
July 04, 2014

This book examines the increasingly international division of labour, which promotes transnational integration. It analyses the change in worker solidarity as it moves from collective national welfare to a transnational inclusion of workers from various links in the production chain. Examining...

Parliamentary Oversight Tools: A Comparative Analysis

Parliamentary Oversight Tools: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

Riccardo Pelizzo, Frederick Stapenhurst
June 23, 2014

This book investigates Parliaments’ capacity to oversee government activities, policies and expenditures. Utilising a comparative approach, the book presents a new examination of oversight tools and discusses the conditions under which such tools are employed effectively. The result of a 9-year...

The Political Power of Business: Structure and Information in Public Policy-Making

The Political Power of Business: Structure and Information in Public Policy-Making

1st Edition

Patrick Bernhagen
May 19, 2014

This book analyzes the influence of business in democratic politics. Advice from business actors regularly carries more weight with policymakers than other interests because it refers to the core of the state-market nexus in democratic capitalism: the consequences for voters and policymakers of...

Government Accountability and Legislative Oversight

Government Accountability and Legislative Oversight

1st Edition

Riccardo Pelizzo, Frederick Stapenhurst
December 16, 2013

The purpose of the book is to investigate parliaments’ capacity to oversee government activities, policies and budget legislation. By analysing the survey data that the World Bank Institute in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union collected from 120 parliaments, Pelizzo and Stapenhurst...

Determinants of the Death Penalty: A Comparative Study of the World

Determinants of the Death Penalty: A Comparative Study of the World

1st Edition

Carsten Anckar
December 12, 2013

Determinants of the Death Penalty seeks to explain the phenomenon of capital punishment - without recourse to value judgements - by identifying those characteristics common to countries that use the death penalty and those that mark countries which do not. This global study uses statistical...

New Challenger Parties in Western Europe: A Comparative Analysis

New Challenger Parties in Western Europe: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

Airo Hino
November 11, 2013

This book provides a systematic and comparative account of the rise of ‘new challenger parties’ across Western Europe. It analyses how parties that challenge the conventional party system by addressing issues neglected by existing parties can succeed and fail. Systematically comparing 229 elections...

The Origin of Electoral Systems in the Postwar Era: A worldwide approach

The Origin of Electoral Systems in the Postwar Era: A worldwide approach

1st Edition

Krister Lundell
October 19, 2013

This book explores and presents the influence of contextual factors on the choice of electoral systems for parliamentary elections in both democracies and non-democracies around the world. Taking a macroscopic approach, the author focuses on structural explanations, with an emphasis on general...

The Politics of International Law and Compliance: Serbia, Croatia and The Hague Tribunal

The Politics of International Law and Compliance: Serbia, Croatia and The Hague Tribunal

1st Edition

Nikolas M. Rajkovic
October 07, 2013

Leading the debate on the domestic effect of the growing influence of international adjudication, this invaluable text examines Serbia and Croatia’s erratic record of compliance with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Since the demise of the Milosevic and Tudjman...

The Rise of Regionalism: Causes of Regional Mobilization in Western Europe

The Rise of Regionalism: Causes of Regional Mobilization in Western Europe

1st Edition

Rune Dahl Fitjar
August 07, 2013

During the past 40 years, regions have become increasingly important in Western Europe both as units of government and as sources for political mobilization. This book examines why regional identities are stronger in some regions than in others, and why regional elites attempt to mobilize the...

Party Politics in the Western Balkans

Party Politics in the Western Balkans

1st Edition

Vera Stojarová, Peter Emerson
April 25, 2013

This book examines the development of party politics in the region of Western Balkans, describing party politics and analyzing inter-ethnic or inter-party cooperation and competition. Beginning with a thematic overview of the electoral systems and their link to the party systems, the authors...

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