State and Society in Western Europe

State and Society in Western Europe

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This textbook examines the problems of West European democracies in the era of the Single European Act and the Treaty of Maastricht. Allum discusses the politics of the four major Western European countries - Britain, France, Germany and Italy - and examines key institutions and developments in the light of contemporary social and political science paradigms, combining theory with empirical material. At the same time, he situates national politics within the broader context of European integration. Comparative in intent, the book is organized around themes and not countries: economy, civil society and the state. It includes chapters on the economy, social structure, political cleavages and communication, parties and groups as well as governmental institutions (executive, administration, subnational government and coercive apparatus). Each chapter is illustrated with examples. The book is intended for students of European and comparative politics, and for those concerned with the political aspects of European studies.show more

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  • Hardback | 656 pages
  • 171 x 246 x 44.45mm | 1,247.38g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 53 tables, references, index
  • 0745604099
  • 9780745604091

Table of contents

Part 1 The economic system: mixed economies. Part 2 Civil society: class, gender and race; the forming of civil society; the changing of civil society; parties and party systems; groups and interest intermediation. Part 3 The state: government and executive power; public administration and the policy process; subcentral government and centre-local relations; the state and invisible power; actual democracy in Western Europe since the War.show more