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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.


Since the 1950s there has been a proliferation of articles and books in the field of comparative politics dealing with politics and political systems in Western Europe. The number of case studies has grown rapidly, analysing various West European nations from different angles. There has been an increase in analytical and methodological articles, forming the basis for major attempts at cross-national comparison surveyed in the various chapters above. A comparative approach may be contrasted with the conduct of case studies, in that the latter focus on one object and the former deals with several objects of analysis in order to identify similarities and differences. At the same time each and every political inquiry contains at least some comparison between various units of analysis. More ...

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