Judicial Politics and Policy making in Western Europe

Author: Mary L. Volcansek
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780714634623
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Focusing on the intersection of politics and law in six western European countries and in two supra-national bodies, the contributors here aim to debunk the myth that judges are merely "la bouche de la loi" and analyze similiarities in policy-making of the judiciaries from one nation to the next.

Politics and Policy in Democratic Spain

Author: Paul Heywood
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135231427
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Spain is different" was a favourite tourist board slogan of the Franco dictatorship. Is Spain still different? This volume provides an original series of analyses of how politics in democratic Spain has developed since the remarkable success of the transition to democracy.

Debating Governance

Author: Jon Pierre
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191583316
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Leading scholars in the field of governance examine the effectiveness of the different non-institutional strategies at the disposal of modern governments in tackling issues of urban decline, public administrations, governmental regionalization, budget deficits and global economics. The governance approach to political science yields a new perspective on the role of the state, domestically as well as in the international arena. Globalization, internationalization, and the growing influence of networks in domestic politics means that the notions of state strength and the role of the state in society must re-examined.

Comparative Politics Western Europe and the United States foundations of comparative politics

Author: Howard J. Wiarda
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415330947
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This collection reprints essential articles in the systematic study of all of the world's political systems. The pieces here focus on issues such as public opinion formation, interest group lobbying, political party activity, as well as the institutions of government, including executives, legislatures, and legal systems. br br The editors have also written an introductory volume explaining the history main approaches, and controversies in the field, covering the debates on formal-legalism, developmentalism, dependency theory, corporatism, rational choice, and much more.

EU Treaties and the Judicial Politics of National Courts

Author: Pablo José Castillo Ortiz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317503783
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Cases such as the Maastricht ruling by the German Federal Constitutional Court or the 'Crotty; decision by the Irish Supreme Court have gone down in the history of European integration as outstanding examples of intervention by judicial actors in important political processes. In this book, Dr. Castillo Ortiz makes for the first time a comprehensive analysis of all such rulings by national higher courts on European Union treaties issued during their processes of ratification. Using an interdisciplinary Law and Politics approach and a sophisticated methodological strategy, the book describes the political dynamics underlying some of the most relevant judicial episodes in the process of European Integration during the last decades: litigation strategies by Europhile and Eurosceptic actors, relations between the judiciary and the other branches of government, and clashes of power between national courts and the European Court of Justice of the European Union. By offering empirical evidence and by relying on scientific rigor, the book seeks to provide both experts and the general public an accessible account of one of the most salient but least studied aspects of current European law and politics.

Sozial und Wirtschaftspolitik unter Rot Gr n

Author: Antonia Gohr
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3322804763
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Die Sozial- und Wirtschaftspolitik der rot-grünen Bundesregierung ist ein in der Öffentlichkeit vieldiskutiertes, in der Forschung jedoch bislang kaum untersuchtes Thema. Der vorliegende Sammelband legt eine empirische Bestandsaufnahme der Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik nach fünfjähriger rot-grüner Regierungszeit vor. Gefragt wird nach Kontinuität und Wandel in Programmatik und umgesetzten Maßnahmen in der Sozial- und Wirtschaftspolitik von Rot-Grün im Vergleich zur Regierung Kohl. Der Band teilt sich in drei Teile: Im ersten Teil werden theoretisch die Dimension von Kontinuität und Wandel sowie die Rahmenbedingungen bestimmt. Des Weiteren wird ein Überblick der sozial-demokratischen (und grünen) Programmdebatten gegeben. Die Autorinnen und Autoren des zweiten Teils analysieren die unterschiedlichen Politikbereiche. Der dritte Teil wendet sich schließlich "neuen" Akteuren und Entscheidungsmustern jenseits der formalen politischen Institutionen in der Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik zu.

The German Election of 2005

Author: Clay Clemens
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317969103
Format: PDF
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The election of 2005 changed Germany’s political ‘landscape’. The combined share of the vote gained by the two major parties fell below 70 per cent, eliminating the option of a coalition between one of the two major parties (Christian Democrats and Social Democrats) with one of the smaller parties – the traditional pattern of government that had dominated German post-war politics since the late 1950s. The election resulted in the first national ‘Grand Coalition’ of the two major parties since 1969. While some have seen this government, elected in November 2005 and headed by the Christian Democrat Angela Merkel, as the symptom of a crisis of the traditional post-war German party system, others have highlighted the opportunities it opens up for constitutional and policy reform as Merkel’s ‘Grand Coalition’ controls an overwhelming majority of the votes in both houses of the German legislature. The German Election of 2005 analyses the road to the 2005 election and provide in-depth studies of the campaign and candidates, of voting behaviour and immediate consequences of the election, with contributions from leading experts from Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. The findings are informed by theoretical and empirical work in the comparative study of parties and elections offering a nuanced, empirically rich picture of continuity and change in German electoral politics.

Understanding EU policy making

Author: Raj S. Chari
Publisher: Pluto Press
Format: PDF, ePub
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The E.U. has an increasingly significant role in the everyday life of Europe's citizens. What are these policies about? Who is shaping them? What do they mean for the future? These are the questions that this book answers. The authors argue that some policies are implemented more vigorously than others. The policies that are driven by capital and that aim to create a competitive economy have been prioritized. By contrast, other policies do not form a key part of the E.U. agenda and are effectively ignored. Setting the E.U. in a proper economic and theoretical context, the authors provide a chapter-by-chapter analysis of each of the E.U.'s major policy areas. Arguing that traditional accounts of E.U. integration are inadequate, the authors develop an innovative new perspective. Written with clarity and precision, this book is ideal for students and anyone looking for an incisive critique of the role of corporate capital in the development of E.U. policy.