This comprehensive textbook is the first to go beyond a western European perspective and provide a clear overview of European politics. Authors Jan-Erik Lane and Svante O. Ersson address the similarities of key political features among states in western, central, eastern, northern, and southern Europe and look forward to political developments toward the turn of the century. European Politics provides a thorough analysis of several converging key themes, including the nature of the state, party systems, and the formation of government and public policies. With this approach to economic, social, and political aspects of politics in Europe this major text presents a Europe that—within the context of reform—transition, and integration, has more in common in the early 1990s than ever before. With a clear thematic structure and helpful discussions of data drawn from 31 countries, European Politics offers both an accessible and genuinely comparative text that will be essential reading for students and researchers alike.
Among the forces that enhance convergence between European countries one may include the formal organizations that work not only for economic, political and military cooperation but also for the implementation of general rules of human conduct and interaction between individuals and their government. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss institutional convergence in Europe from a wide angle, starting with the field of human rights and then taking economic and political cooperation in order to finish discussing military cooperation. Military cooperation has taken on an entirely different meaning after the dismantling of the Communist regimes and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact.
The amount of convergence resulting from the activities of the Council of Europe and the EU (EC) depends on the ...