Foundations of European Politics offers an accessible introduction to European politics using a coherent comparative and analytical framework. It presents students with the basic theoretical and empirical toolkit of social scientific researchers, and explains how an analytic approach can be used to understand both domestic and EU-level policy-making in Europe.
The book draws on cutting edge research from all areas of European politics – from national and EU institutions, to political behaviour and policy-making – and uses case studies and examples throughout to help students compare different electoral systems, parties and governments across Europe.
The book is structured thematically in five parts, beginning with theoretical foundations; moving on to examine citizens and voters, elections and parties, governments and policy; and finally covering the rule of law, democracy and backsliding.
The book in accompanied by a website with online teaching resources that include interactive data exercises for students to explore the key themes in each chapter using data in a hands-on and user-friendly manner.