Politics and Society in Western Europe

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Politics and Society in Western Europe is a comprehensive introduction for students of West European politics and of comparative politics. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to meet with the new needs of undergraduate students as they come to terms with a changing social and political landscape in Europe.

This textbook provides a full analysis of the political systems of 18 Western European countries, their political parties, elections, and party systems, as well as the structures of government at local, regional, national and European Union levels.

Throughout the book, key theoretical ideas are accessibly introduced and examined against the very latest empirical data on civil

 

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Contents

CIVIL SOCIETY
17
Cleavages
37
Political Parties
76
Parties and Voters
109
Party Systems
134
GOVERNMENT
153
Influence
191
European Integration
237
Issues
264
OUTCOMES
293
Public Sector Growth and the Welfare State
322
Conclusion
342
Index
375
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About the author (1999)

Jan-Erik Lane is Professor of Political Science at the University of Geneva.