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The Statecraft of Consensus Democracies in a Turbulent World: A Comparative Study of Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland

The Statecraft of Consensus Democracies in a Turbulent World: A Comparative Study of Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland

1st Edition

José M. Magone
August 14, 2018

Drawing on the work of Arend Lijphart, this book focuses on consensus democracies. These democracies entail a complex set of democratic institutional and conventional arrangements and can be regarded as a product of path-dependent development towards a national culture of compromise and bargaining....

Interest Group Organisation in the European Union: How Internal Organisational Structures Shape Interest Group Agency

Interest Group Organisation in the European Union: How Internal Organisational Structures Shape Interest Group Agency

1st Edition

Michelle Hollman
June 27, 2018

The investigation of the internal workings of interest groups opens the view on the behavioural dynamics within these organisations. By analysing their intraorganisational structures, this book explains how groups prepare to become active in the European Union and why we observe contact, conflict...

Theorizing Cultures of Political Violence in Times of Austerity: Studying Social Movements in Comparative Perspective

Theorizing Cultures of Political Violence in Times of Austerity: Studying Social Movements in Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Joanna Rak
June 08, 2018

After the multidimensional financial crisis of 2008, the member states of the Eurozone imposed a set of economic policies to save their economies. Socially unpopular cuts contributed to the occurrence of violent movements that both opposed austerity policies and created animosity towards the...

The Politics of Think Tanks in Europe

The Politics of Think Tanks in Europe

1st Edition

Jesper Dahl Kelstrup
April 25, 2018

In the 21st century, think tanks have become more than a buzzword in European public discourse. They now play important roles in the policy-making process by providing applied research, building networks and advocating policies. The book studies the development of think tanks and contemporary...

Health and Political Engagement

Health and Political Engagement

1st Edition

Mikko Mattila, Lauri Rapeli, Hanna Wass, Peter Söderlund
November 08, 2017

Social scientists have only recently begun to explore the link between health and political engagement. Understanding this relationship is vitally important from both a scholarly and a policy-making perspective. This book is the first to offer a comprehensive account of health and political...

Institutions, Partisanship and Credibility in Global Financial Markets

Institutions, Partisanship and Credibility in Global Financial Markets

1st Edition

Hye Jee Cho
July 31, 2017

Increasingly integrated global financial markets have been shaken by a series of severe shocks in recent decades, from Mexico’s Tequila crisis to the upheavals in the Eurozone. These crises have demonstrated that signs of uncertain local economic and political conditions can result in market...

Think Tanks in the US and EU: The Role of Policy Institutes in Washington and Brussels

Think Tanks in the US and EU: The Role of Policy Institutes in Washington and Brussels

1st Edition

Christopher James Rastrick
July 27, 2017

Why do US and EU think tanks diverge in their roles, priorities, and main constituencies? Providing the first substantive analytical comparison of think tanks in Washington and Brussels, this book explores the differences that exist and why they developed. Two principal variables are identified&...

Citizenship and Democracy in an Era of Crisis: Essays in honour of Jan W. van Deth

Citizenship and Democracy in an Era of Crisis: Essays in honour of Jan W. van Deth

1st Edition

Thomas Poguntke, Sigrid Rossteutscher, Rudiger Schmitt-Beck, Sonja Zmerli
June 30, 2017

Democracies are transforming worldwide, but at the same time political inequality is increasing. This development threatens to leave growing portions of mass publics effectively ‘outside’ the political process. This volume brings together leading authorities in the field of democratic citizenship...

Growth, Crisis, Democracy: The Political Economy of Social Coalitions and Policy Regime Change

Growth, Crisis, Democracy: The Political Economy of Social Coalitions and Policy Regime Change

1st Edition

Hideko Magara, Bruno Amable
May 30, 2017

Since the global financial crisis of 2008, advanced economies have been making various efforts to overcome the economic impasse. While the contrast between the countries that have escaped from the crisis relatively quickly and those still suffering from serious problems is becoming clearer, a new...

Rampage Shootings and Gun Control (Open Access): Politicization and Policy Change in Western Europe

Rampage Shootings and Gun Control (Open Access): Politicization and Policy Change in Western Europe

1st Edition

Steffen Hurka
May 11, 2017

While the causes of rampage violence have been analysed thoroughly in diverse academic disciplines, we hardly know anything about the factors that affect their consequences for public policy. This book addresses rampage shootings in Western Europe and their conditional impact on politicization and...

Deficits and Debt in Industrialized Democracies

Deficits and Debt in Industrialized Democracies

1st Edition

Eisaku Ide, Gene Park
March 14, 2017

Since the global financial crisis, government debt has soared globally by 40 percent and now exceeds an astonishing $100 trillion. Not all countries, though, have fared the same. Indeed, even prior to the financial crisis, the fiscal fates of countries have been diverging, despite predictions...

Party Organization and Electoral Volatility in Central and Eastern Europe: Enhancing voter loyalty

Party Organization and Electoral Volatility in Central and Eastern Europe: Enhancing voter loyalty

1st Edition

Sergiu Gherghina
February 07, 2017

Political parties in post-communist countries have very high levels of electoral volatility. In these environments, political factions fail to establish long-term connections with the electorate and thus regularly rise and fall from the political arena. This book provides an organizational...

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