European Politics into the Twenty-First Century: Integration and Division

European Politics into the Twenty-First Century: Integration and Division

European Politics into the Twenty-First Century: Integration and Division

European Politics into the Twenty-First Century: Integration and Division

Synopsis

This short and simple introduction to European politics, which includes Western and Eastern Europe as well as Russia, demonstrates how European nations have attempted to cope with division within Europe and in international politics. Highlighting differences with U.S. politics, Slomp examines the European system from various perspectives, including geography, religion, economics, and social composition. Two separate chapters discuss relations within the European Union as well as its interaction with nations outside the group. Tables and figures provide a wealth of information on the location of minorities, the ideological spectrum, and social policies.

Excerpt

Working at a European university has the advantage of leaving time to travel through the United States and to get involved in exchange programs. the results have been two unforgettable coast-to-coast round trips, a great semester at Cornell University, and many fine meetings with Americans interested in Europe.

Working at a small European university offers the additional advantage of being able to teach both European politics and American politics, and meeting many students interested in North America.

The combination of Europe and North America has motivated me to write this short introduction to European Politics. It has been written for the many people in North America who are interested in European politics and society but are overwhelmed by the great (and still increasing) number of European nations. the meetings with Americans and years of lecturing on American politics have changed my teaching of European politics, from focusing on specific national features to drawing general lines. If Europe is increasingly becoming a unity, it should also be possible to discuss it as a unity, while taking into account regional variations. After two books on European labor relations, a general history and an introduction, I have now tried to discuss the wider subject of European politics, for a wider public.

I hope the book will stimulate interest in Europe and lead to even more interesting discussions of European politics and society, and comparisons of Europe and North America--on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

I am grateful to the many students and colleagues that commented on parts of earlier versions. a special word of thanks to my three colleagues Bert Bomert, Jan van Deth, and Huub Spoormans, who did not leave any page without comment, to Jan ter Laak for his active research assistance, to Peter Rijkhoff for drawing the maps, and to Bob Lieshout for creating the right working conditions. Jolanda, thank you most of all for Platform 7.

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