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A strong analytic framework coupled with unparalleled country coverage has proven Politics in Europe to be a friendly, yet rigorous introduction to the region. With more in-depth discussions of democratization, globalization, and further Europeanization in each country section, the authors have fully updated and revised chapters to bring insightful and current assessment of recent events and developments in Europe. Because the authors follow a consistent thematic structure in their country sections--Where is the power? Who has the power? How is the power used?--students not only get a firm grounding in the major actors, institutions and policies of each country, but are able to make meaningful cross-national comparisons. Changes to the fourth edition include:
New authors: Raffaella Nanetti contributes the country section on Italy, Christopher Carman joins B.Guy Peters on the United Kingdom chapters, and Marjorie Castle writes on Poland, bringing fresh perspective and insight to a trusted, class-tested volume.
New country section: the addition of Poland highlights an important example of the post-communist transition to democracy and capitalism in Central Europe.
Revamped policy chapters: a focus on common policy areas--allowing as much cross-national comparison as possible--gives students a look into such important and hot-button issues as immigration and citizenship, economic development and performance, religious cleavages, human rights and minority issues, and security concerns.
Updated elections analysis: an assessment of recent election results--in Sweden and Germany (2002); to the European Parliament (2004); in the United Kingdom, and Germany, and Poland (2005), and Italy (2006)--as well as perspectives on forthcoming elections in Russia, France, and Sweden, offer a comprehensive picture of Europeans at the polls.
Expanded treatment of political parties: thorough updating in all country sections includes the continued flux in the Russian party system, the center-left challenge to Berlusconi in Italy, the formation of a new left alliance in Germany, and anti-EU and feminist parties in Sweden.
Extensive revision of the EU: new discussion of the European Union's 2004 expansion from 15 to 25 member-states, its draft constitution as well as its rejection by voters in France and the Netherlands, the ongoing budgetary debate, and a greater emphasis on policy issues and outcomes.
Updated statistical appendices: handy tables and figures feature current, comparative data on politics, economics, and social conditions in all eight countries.
New website: annotated links to valuable resources are a great starting point for current events, study, review, and research projects.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 2.05 lbs.
Release Date Aug 30, 2006
Publisher CQ Press
ISBN 1933116455 ISBN13 9781933116457
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More About M. Donald Hancock
M. DONALD HANCOCK is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for European Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of books, chapters, and journal articles on Sweden, Germany, and the European Union as well as co-editor and co-author of Managing Modern Capitalism: Industrial Renewal and Workplace Democracy (1992), German Unification: Process and Outcomes (1994), and Politics in Western Europe, second ed. (1998).
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Fascinating but poorly organized Dec 4, 2007
While this book offers a huge amount of information on each of the countries it covers, it leaves something to be desired: an organized, consistent format. While all of the information I wanted was in the book, I really had to dig around for it- I found the the sections on each country were very dissimilar, so if I found a statistic or fact on one country, I could not simply flip to the same section of another country, I had to read the whole chapter about that country. All in all, a worthwhile read, but I would suggest taking detailed notes so you remember where each fact came from- an index would have been tremendously helpful here.
A very fascinating book May 3, 2004
This hefty book is a gold mine of information on politics in Europe. The book has a section each for the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Russia and the European Union, and each section has five chapters: The Context of (political entity) Politics, Where is the Power?, Who Has the Power? How is Power Used?, and What is the Future of (political entity) Politics? Plus, each section then finishes up with a list of resources for further reading.
Now, first of all it must be said that this book is a widely used textbook. But, don't let that scare you; it is a very fascinating book. Though not covering every nation in Europe, it does give an excellent overview of the major players. I found the book to be highly informative, giving me a good understanding to how the political framework of each country works, what its limitations are and what its strengths are. And, having been rewritten in 2003, it is very up-to-date, which is a great plus.
Overall, I found this to be an excellent resource. If you are interested in really understanding how politics works in Europe, then you must get this book! I highly recommend it.
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