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Comparative European Politics

Distinctive Democracies, Common Challenges

Edited by Rory Costello and Neil Robinson

18 November 2020

ISBN: 9780198811404

392 pages

In Stock

Price: £32.99

This essential guide to comparative European politics provides the broadest range of coverage on Europe, illustrated via the widest range of examples, applied to contemporary events.



This essential guide to comparative European politics provides the broadest range of coverage on Europe, illustrated via the widest range of examples, applied to contemporary events.

  • A broad introduction to contemporary European politics, providing an accessible introduction to the fundamental elements of European democracies, institutions and practices of government
  • A unique emphasis on contemporary political issues sees a whole part dedicated to common challenges, which explores issues such as immigration, European integration, the financial crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Includes up-to-date examples such as growing instability in Europe, Brexit, recent migration policies, the threat of international terrorism, and the rise of anti-establishment parties, to help students understand the real world context of European politics
  • Developed with engaging learning features such as end of chapter discussion questions, 'thinking comparatively' sections, and 'over to you' boxes, to help students understand 'why' and 'how' to compare European countries and their political systems
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of the 27 member states of the European Union, additionally drawing on examples from the UK, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Written by leading scholars in the field who provide clear analysis on complex subjects, intricate relationships, and controversial issues
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Edited by Rory Costello, Politics Lecturer, University of Limerick, and Neil Robinson, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Limerick

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Democratic Representation
    1:Electoral Systems, Jean-Benoit Pilet and Alan Renwick
    2:Political Parties, André Krouwel
    3:Voting Behaviour, Erik Tillman
    4:Political Participation, Patrick Bernhagen and Angelika Vetter
    5:Democracy and the EU, Tapio Raunio
    6:Beyond Electoral Representation: direct and deliberative democracy, David M. Farrell and Luke Field
    Part 2: The Process of Government
    7:The Executive Branch, Petra Schleiter
    8:Parties in Government, Petia Kostadinova and Robert Thomson
    9:Parliaments, Shane Martin
    10:Constitutions and Courts, Nuno Garoupa and Pedro C. Magalhães
    11:Levels of Government, Michael Keating
    Part 3: Common Challenges
    12:Politics and Markets, Neil Robinson and Owen Worth
    13:Migration, Anna Triandafyllidou and Ruby Gropas
    14:Security and Terrorism, Mai'a K. Davis Cross
    15:The Rise of Anti-Establishment Parties, Mara Morini
    16:Defence, Nikola Tomic and Ben Tonra

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
Comparative European Politics is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

This textbook is also accompanied by online resources including:
For students:
- Over thirty European country profiles, from Austria to the UK, with useful data for comparison including population size, gender equality, political parties, and electoral systems.
- Trend graphs with country data to help students to distinguish between European countries.
For lecturers:
- Save time preparing for seminars with activities created to help engage students
- Helpful links to relevant online tools with instructions for use, including voting advice applications from European countries

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