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Foundations of European Politics


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Table of Contents

1: Introduction Part I: Theoretical Foundations 2: Democratic Politics 3: Multilevel Politics in Europe Part II: Citizens and Voters 4: Ideology and Issues 5: Voting Decisions Part III: Elections and Parties 6: Electoral Systems and Direct Democracy 7: Representation 8: Political Parties 9: Party Competition Part IV: Governments and Policy 10: Political Systems and Government Formation 11: Law-Making in Governments and Parliaments 12: Policy Outcomes in Europe Part V: Rule of Law, Democracy and Backsliding 13: Rule of Law and Judicial Politics 14: European Politics into the Future

About the Author

Catherine E. De Vries is Professor of Political Science at Bocconi University. She is the author of two books on European politics, including Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration (OUP, 2018) and Political Entrepreneurs (Princeton UP, 2020). Sara B. Hobolt is the Sutherland Chair in European Institutions and professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of four books on European politics, including Europe in Question (Oxford UP, 2009), Blaming Europe? (Oxford UP, 2014) and Political Entrepreneurs (Princeton UP, 2020). Sven-Oliver Proksch is Professor of Political Science and Chair for European and Multilevel Politics at the University of Cologne. His research interests include political representation in Europe, party politics, parliamentary debates, and political text analysis. Jonathan B. Slapin is Professor of Political Science and Chair for Political Institutions and European Politics at the University of Zurich. His current research focuses on European parliamentary and party politics, and his most recent book is Roll Call Rebels (CUP, 2019).


Extremely informative and very well structured book stemming from the idea that politics in the EU countries cannot be understood without the study of the interaction with EU institutions. * George Tsebelis, Anatol Rapoport Collegiate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan, USA *
Foundations of European Politics is the first textbook that looks at supranational and national politics through the same analytical lens. Clearly organized and crisply written, it successfully translates state-of-the-art research into accessible insight. Highly recommended for graduates and undergraduates. A superb volume by four top scholars that will transform how the next generation will think about European politics. * Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and European University Institute, Florence, Italy *
Authoritative and informed, yet accessible, this excellent introduction to European politics deftly interweaves theory and data. Designed to make readers think for themselves, this book offers a fine introduction to political science more generally, from respected authors who really know their stuff. * Michael Laver, Professor of Politics, New York University, USA *
This is the first textbook that presents a truly integrated comparative political science analysis of national and European level politics, and how these two levels interact to produce the dramatic political, economic, and social developments we have witnessed in recent years. As such, this book will transform how we teach and understand politics across our Continent for many years to come. * Simon Hix, Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK *
This book integrates in a sophisticated way theoretical debates in comparative politics and an analysis of contemporary political developments. It provides students with the tools necessary to understand recent political changes occurring both in European member states and at the supra-national European level. It is highly recommended for courses in European politics, party politics and for general courses in comparative politics. * Isabela Mares, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science Yale University, USA *
This book provides an excellent and unique addition to the teaching of comparative European politics. It covers many crucial challenges that European democracies are currently facing, and students will greatly benefit from the empirical focus and hands-on approach throughout the book, which makes for accessible and enjoyable reading! * Dr Katjana Gattermann, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands *
Foundations of European Politics is an ambitious, fresh take on European politics that challenges the reader to consider the intersection of theory with empirics. * Dr Chris Burdett, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA *
This is an excellent text on European politics in the 21st century, both with regards to its substantive coverage, and its approach to political science and the methods used in the discipline. * Christian Jensen, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA *

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