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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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Collective Securitisation and Security Governance in the European Union

Collective Securitisation and Security Governance in the European Union

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Sonia Lucarelli, James Sperling, Mark Webber
December 02, 2019

Collective Securitization and Security Governance in the European Union presents an integrated theory of collective securitization - a theoretical foundation for explaining how the process of collective securitization sustains and makes effective an identifiable system of regional security...

Democratic Representation in Multi-level Systems: The Vices and Virtues of Regionalisation

Democratic Representation in Multi-level Systems: The Vices and Virtues of Regionalisation

1st Edition

Thomas Däubler, Jochen Müller, Christian Stecker
May 08, 2019

This comprehensive volume studies the vices and virtues of regionalisation in comparative perspective, including countries such as Belgium, Germany, Spain, and the UK, and discusses conditions that might facilitate or hamper responsiveness in regional democracies. It follows the entire chain of...

Europe's Union in Crisis: Tested and Contested

Europe's Union in Crisis: Tested and Contested

1st Edition

Brigid Laffan
January 31, 2019

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...

The Differentiated Politicisation of European Governance

The Differentiated Politicisation of European Governance

1st Edition

Pieter de Wilde, Anna Leupold, Henning Schmidtke
January 08, 2019

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...

Secrecy in European Politics

Secrecy in European Politics

1st Edition

Berthold Rittberger, Klaus H. Goetz
December 04, 2018

Secrecy is a prevalent feature of politics within and among liberal democratic states, as well as in the relations between states and international organisations. However, surprisingly little research in political science has explored the effects of secrecy on policy making; the evolution of the...

National Interest Organizations in the EU Multilevel System

National Interest Organizations in the EU Multilevel System

1st Edition

Rainer Eising, Daniel Rasch, Patrycja Rozbicka
November 13, 2018

Political scientists have always accorded interest organizations a prominent place in European Union (EU) policy-making because they connect the EU institutions to citizens, provide important information to EU policy-makers, and control resources that impact on the problem-solving capacity of EU...

Understanding Electoral Reform

Understanding Electoral Reform

1st Edition

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...

Assessing Political Representation in Europe

Assessing Political Representation in Europe

1st Edition

Christine Arnold, Mark N. Franklin
August 23, 2018

It has long been realized that democratic governance requires a two-way flow of influence. Governments must be able to respond to what people want and people must be able to react to what governments do. These mechanisms of democratic governance have contributed to two research traditions: one, the...

Electoral Rules and Electoral Behaviour: The Scope of Effects

Electoral Rules and Electoral Behaviour: The Scope of Effects

1st Edition

Ruth Dassonneville, Marc Hooghe, Michael S. Lewis-Beck
December 14, 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

1st Edition

David Howarth, Huw Macartney
December 12, 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

1st Edition

Tapio Raunio, Wolfgang Wagner
October 24, 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...

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

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

1st Edition

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...

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