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West European Politics


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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.

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Electoral Rules and Electoral Behaviour: The Scope of Effects

Electoral Rules and Electoral Behaviour: The Scope of Effects

Forthcoming

Ruth Dassonneville, Marc Hooghe, Michael S. Lewis-Beck
December 13, 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...

The Politics of Supranational Banking Supervision in Europe

The Politics of Supranational Banking Supervision in Europe

Forthcoming

David Howarth, Huw Macartney
November 27, 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...

Challenging Executive Dominance: Legislatures and Foreign Affairs

Challenging Executive Dominance: Legislatures and Foreign Affairs

Forthcoming

Tapio Raunio, Wolfgang Wagner
October 27, 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...

Europe's Union in Crisis: Tested and Contested

Europe's Union in Crisis: Tested and Contested

Brigid Laffan
July 13, 2017

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...

Party Politics and Democracy in Europe: Essays in honour of Peter Mair

Party Politics and Democracy in Europe: Essays in honour of Peter Mair

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...

After Lisbon: National Parliaments in the European Union

After Lisbon: National Parliaments in the European Union

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...

Implementing Social Europe in Times of Crises: Re-established Boundaries of Welfare?

Implementing Social Europe in Times of Crises: Re-established Boundaries of Welfare?

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...

Decision making in the EU before and after the Lisbon Treaty

Decision making in the EU before and after the Lisbon Treaty

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...

Dynamics of Change in the European Union

Dynamics of Change in the European Union

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...

The Differentiated Politicisation of European Governance

The Differentiated Politicisation of European Governance

Pieter de Wilde, Anna Leupold, Henning Schmidtke
September 21, 2016

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...

France’s Political Institutions at 50

France’s Political Institutions at 50

Emiliano Grossman, Nicolas Sauger
August 04, 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...

Italy - A Contested Polity

Italy - A Contested Polity

Martin Bull, Martin Rhodes
August 04, 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...

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