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Title:
Politics and society in Western Europe
Author:
Lane, Jan-Erik.
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9780761958611

9780761958628
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4th ed.
Publication Information:
London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 1999.
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x, 386 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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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 society and the state.


Table of Contents

Introduction
A Changing Scenario
From Political Sociology to Political Institutionalism
Social Cleavages
Political Parties
Political Parties and the Social Structure
Party Systems
Decision-Making Institutions
Autonomy
Decision-Making Systems
Influence
Issues
Political Stability
Welfare State in Western Europe
European Integration
Conclusion