Routledge Handbook of European Politics

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Publication Date 2015
ISBN 978-0-415-62675-0
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Since the Treaty of the European Union was ratified in 1993, the European Union has become an important factor in an ever-increasing number of regimes of pooled sovereignty. This Handbook seeks to present a valuable guide to this new and unique system in the twenty-first century, allowing readers to obtain a better understanding of the emerging multilevel European governance system that links national polities to Europe and the global community.

Adopting a pan-European approach, this Handbook brings together the work of leading international academics to cover a wide range of topics such as:
- the historical and theoretical background
- the political systems and institutions of both the EU and its individual member nations
- political parties and party systems
- political elites
- civil society and social movements in European politics
- the political economy of Europe
- public administration and policy-making
- external policies of the EU.

This is an invaluable and comprehensive resource for students, scholars, researchers and practitioners of the European Union, European politics and comparative politics.


1. Introduction: The ‘Great Transformation’ of European politics: a holistic view - José M. Magone

PART I: Historical and theoretical background
2. The legacy of Stein Rokkan for European politics: a short tribute - Daniel-Louis Seiler
3. The theological and secular dimensions of the modern state: historical and contemporary perspectives - John Loughlin
4. Contemporary European liberalism: exclusionary, enlightened or romantic? - Gina Gustavsson
5. A historical interpretation of the process of European integration - Antonio Varsori
6. The fall of the Berlin Wall and European politics: perspectives of new Europe in the early twenty-first century - Attila Ágh
7. 'Fortress Europe': borders and the power of information in the European Union - Juliet Lodge
8. The Americanization of the European legal space - Mary Volcansek

PART II: The political system and institutions of the European Union
9. Multilevel governance in Europe - Rainer Eising
10. The EU as a citizens´ joint venture: multilevel constitutionalism and open democracy in Europe - Ingolf Pernice
11. The political system of the European Union - Desmond Dinan
12. Council of the European Union and the European Council - Jeffrey Lewis
13. The European Commission after the reform - Michelle Cini
14. The European Parliament - Tapio Raunio
15. The European Courts - Robert Harmsen and Karen McAuliffe
16. Democracy in Europe - Vivien A. Schmidt

PART III: National political systems and institutions in European politics
17. Governments in European politics - Gianfranco Pasquino
18. Heads of state in European politics - Robert Elgie
19. Continuity and change in parliamentarianism in twenty-first century European politics - Philip Norton (Lord Norton of Louth)
20. Executive-legislative relations in Europe - Thomas Saalfeld
21. The Europeanization of national parliaments - Katrin Auel
22. Judicial politics in Europe: constitutional courts in comparative perspective - Britta Rehder
23. Local and regional democracy in European politics - Frank Hendriks, Anders Lidström and John Louglin

PART IV: Political elites in European politics
24. The development of political elites in Europe - Luca Verzichelli and Maurizio Cotta
25. The development of parliamentary representation in post-1990 Europe - Heinrich Best and Elena Semenova
26. Selection and de-selection of ministers - Patrick Dumont and Luca Verzichelli

PART V: Party systems and political parties
27. European political parties: changing forms, increased vulnerability - Steven B. Wolinetz
28. Party system change in western Europe - Richard S. Katz
29. Parties and party systems in Central and Eastern Europe - Paul G. Lewis
30. Electoral and party systems in Europe - Pedro Riera
31. Party patronage: an old solution for new problems? - Carlos Jalali and Patricia Silva
32. Europeanization of national politics: the centrality of political parties - Robert Ladrech
33. Outside their comfort zone? National parties, European Parliament groups and transnational parties - David Hanley

PART VI: Public administration and patterns of policy making in European politics
34. National and European patterns of public administration and governance - César Colino and Eloísa del Pino
35. European welfare states in motion: from social protection to social investment? - Anton Hemerijk
36. Political corruption in Europe - Martin J. Bull and James L. Newell
37. The national coordination of EU policy - Hussein Kassim
38. Patterns of policy-making in European politics and the EU's joint-decision trap: policies compared - Gerda Falkner

PART VII: The political economy of Europe
39. Integration among unequals: how the heterogeneity of European varieties of capitalism shapes the social and democratic potential of the EU - Martin Höpner and Armin Schäfer
40. The transformation of the Single European Market: from the Lisbon strategy to Europe 2020 - Annette Bongardt
41. Political Economic and Monetary Union: EU and domestic constraints - Francisco Torres
42. Social pacts and changing systems of interest intermediation in Europe - Kerstin Hamann and John Kelly
43. Interest groups and patterns of lobbying in Brussels - Justin Greenwood

PART VIII: Civil society and social movements in European politics
44. Immigration policy-making in Europe - Sarah Wallace Goodman
45. Associations and associational involvement in Europe - Jan W. van Deth and William A. Maloney
46. Gender and European politics - Alison E. Woodward
47. Contentious politics in the EU - Donatella della Porta and Louisa Parks

PART IX: Europe and the world
48. Theories and myths of European foreign policy - Ian Manners
49. Towards a common foreign and security policy: achievements and challenges - Helene Sjursen
50. The world society turn in European Studies - Chris Rumford and Didem Buhari-Gulmez

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