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This book explores the European welfare model, arguing that the rollout of European policies for welfare services has led to increased marketization. The author argues that the rise of profit-making in utilities, transport, child and health care is exacerbating rather than reducing inequalities among citizens, demonstrating how the marketization of European welfare has taken place over successive rounds of policymaking for European integration.


The emergence of green parties throughout Europe during the 1980s marked the arrival of a new form of political movement, challenging established models of party politics and putting new issues on the political agenda. Since their emer-gence, green parties in Europe have faced different destinies; in countries such as Germany, Belgium, Finland, France, and Italy, they have accumulated electoral successes, participated in governments, implemented policies and established themselves as part of the party system. In other countries, their political relevance remains very limited.After more than 30 years on the political scene, green parties have proven to be more than just a temporary phenomenon. They have lost their newness, faced success and failure, power and opposition, grassroots enthusiasm and internal conflicts. Green Parties in Europe includes individual case studies and a compara-tive perspective to bring together international specialists engaged in the study of green parties. It renews and expands our knowledge about the green party family in Europe.

This book examines recent developments in political science research. What are the new influences to which the discipline opens itself up? Is political science research converging towards a single model or splitting into different streams? What are the new challenges at the beginning of the 21st century?

In this study, an international and multidisciplinary team take stock of the promise and shortfalls of 'Social Europe' today, examining the response to the Eurocrisis, the past decade of social policy in the image of the Lisbon Agenda, and the politics that derailed a more Delorsian Europe from ever emerging.

L'arrivée au pouvoir d'un gouvernement nationaliste conservateur, remettant en cause les "valeurs européennes" et l'équilibre des pouvoirs, a remis la Pologne sur le devant de la scène. L'ouvrage donne la parole aux chercheurs polonais. Ceux-ci tentent d'expliquer les profondes évolutions que la société polonaise a connues, après la chute du communisme, dans divers domaines (rôle de l'Eglise, question agraire, politique étrangère, débat sur l'Histoire).

Making use of a unique data set that includes more than 1000 leadership elections from over 100 parties in 14 countries over an almost 50 year period, this volume provides the first comprehensive, comparative examination of how parties choose their leaders and the impact of the different decisions they make in this regard.

One of the key shifts in contemporary politics is the trend towards greater personalization. Collective actors such as political parties are losing relevance. Citizens are slowly dealigning from these actors, and individual politicians are therefore growing in importance in elections, in government, within parties, and in media reporting of politics.

S’initier à la science politique peut être trompeur. La politique est en effet omniprésente. Il ne se passe pas un journal parlé ou un journal télévisé sans qu’il y soit fait référence de manière plus ou moins marquée. Ce faisant, l’idée d’un rapport de proximité, de simplicité et de connaissance intuitive de la discipline peut s’insinuer. Il y a pourtant loin de la coupe aux lèvres.

L’Europe traverse actuellement une crise profonde et complexe, qui affecte tant l’Union européenne que les États qui la composent. Dans ce contexte, il est crucial de comprendre les systèmes politiques différents qui structurent, directement et indirectement, la vie de plus de 500 millions de citoyens.

At first, it was believed that accession to the EU would have a positive effect on the process of democratization in former communist countries. However, over time it became clear that difficulties with the democratic system endured in a number of these countries.


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