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European Politics in Transition, 6th Edition

  • Mark Kesselman Columbia University
  • Joel Krieger Wellesley College
  • Christopher S. Allen University of Georgia
  • Joan DeBardeleben Carleton University
  • Stephen Hellman York University
  • David Ost Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • George Ross Brandeis University
  • ISBN-10: 0618870784  |  ISBN-13: 9780618870783
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2002, 1997
  • © 2009 | Published
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This comprehensive text offers a stimulating introduction to the political systems of post-World War II Europe. The Sixth Edition uses a region-by-region approach, focusing in turn on Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Eastern Europe, and the European Union. Four themes unify the text and illustrate the concept of politics in transition within each region on a global level: economic management; the relationships between countries; the challenges of democracy; and the political impact of social diversity. Standard, in-depth treatment of each region is organized around five topics: the making of the modern state; political economy and development; governance and policy-making; representation and participation; and politics in transition. Within these topical areas, highly relevant issues from politics today include the impact of Muslim immigrants on European society, Europe's socioeconomic malaise, global warming, the war on terror, and the continuing evolution of European-American relations since 9/11, among other pertinent matters.

Features and Benefits

  • New! A new chapter on Russian politics highlights the country's current issues and history and draws attention to its relevance to Europe.
  • Analysis of the stagnation of Europe's economic growth examines the factors of institutional rigidity and costly social programs.
  • Extensive secondary materials for each country include newspaper cartoons, graphs and figures, tables, information on voting behavior, elections, and more.
  • The author team includes six prominent scholars, each an expert in the country about which he is writing--allowing for focused, authoritative content.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. Britain
1. The Making of the Modern British State
2. Political Economy and Development
3. Governance and Policymaking
4. Representation and Participation
5. British Politics in Transition
III. France
6. The Making of the Modern French State
7. Political Economy and Development
8. Governance and Policymaking
9. Representation and Participation
10. French Politics in Transition
IV. Germany
11. The Making of the Modern German State
12. Political Economy and Development
13. Governance and Policymaking
14. Representation and Participation
15. German Politics in Transition
V. Italy
16. The Making of the Modern Italian State
17. Political Economy and Development
18. Governance and Policymaking
19. Representation and Participation
20. Italian Politics in Transition
VI. Russia in Transition
21. The Making of the Modern Russian State
22. Political Economy and Development
23. Governance and Policymaking
24. Representation and Participation
25. Russian Politics in Transition
VII. East-Central Europe in Transition
26. The Making of Modern East-Central Europe
27. Political Economy and Development
28. Governance and Policymaking
29. Representation and Participation
30. East-Central European Politics in Transition
VIII. The European Union and the Future of European Politics
31. The Making of the European System
32. Politics and Economics in the Development of the European Union
33. The Institutions of the European Union
34. The EU and Its Policies
35. Euro-Politics in Transition
IX. EU Europe: Variations on a Theme

What's New

  • Discussion of the challenges to European integration includes the veto--by France and the Netherlands--of the draft of the European Constitution.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Mark Kesselman

Mark Kesselman is senior editor of the International Political Science Review and professor emeritus of political science at Columbia University. His research focuses on the political economy of French and European politics. His publications include The Ambiguous Consensus (1967), The French Workers Movement (1984), The Politics of Globalization: A Reader (2012), and The Politics of Power (2013). His articles have appeared in The American Political Science Review, World Politics, and Comparative Politics.

Joel Krieger

Joel Krieger is the Norma Wilentz Hess Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College. He is author of Reagan, Thatcher, and the Politics of Decline (Oxford University Press, 1986), British Politics in the Global Age (Oxford University Press, 1999). He is the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Christopher S. Allen

Christopher S. Allen is an associate professor at the University of Georgia, where he teaches courses in comparative politics and political economy. He has held research fellowships at the Harvard Business School, Johns Hopkins University, and from the German Marshall Fund. He is the editor of THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE GERMAN POLITICAL PARTY SYSTEM (Berghahn, 1999), and is working on a study of democratic representation in parliamentary and presidential systems.