This volume is a broad and sweeping comparative study of political attitudes in Western Europe which draws together the main findings of the Beliefs in Government research project and sets them in the broad context of modern politics in Western Europe.
It considers the main post-war writing on democratic crisis, change, and transformation in the West, and compares this literature with that large and extensive collection of West European survey evidence which is discussed in detail in the other series volumes. It touches upon the general themes of citizen attitudes towards the modern state, towards the scope of government and its services, towards the growing power of agencies of international government, especially the European Union, and tracks the nature and impact of fundamental values on political attitudes and behaviour.
The conclusions challenge widely held views and theories about modern democratic government and politics, including the literature on political participation, mass political opinion, postmaterialism and postmodernism, the welfare state, and democratic change and stability.
`On balance, the Beliefs in Government series provides one of the most ambitious examples of secondary data analysis in social science research, and it highlights both the strengths and limitations of this approach. The strengths are impressive.' American Political Science Review `The substantive findings that emerge from the Beliefs in Government project are encouraging for supporters of democracy.' American Political Sceince Review `The first four volumes contain many chapters that students of European politics and comparative public opinion will find valuable. The fifth volume, coauthored by Kaase and Newton, provides a useful overall perspective on the research.' American Political Science Review `an extremely valuable contribution to the research literature on comparative politics' American Political Science Review `This monumental five-volume series, written by leading European political scientists, presents a comprehensive analysis of the role of mass politics in public life. The result of a unique program in cross-national collaborative research, it constitutes an important event in the development of transnational social science.' American Political Science Review `The approach emphasizes careful empirical analysis tempered by cautious inference ... The quality of the empirical analysis is consistently high, and authors are frank about the limitations imposed by their data ... important collection of empirical studies addressing the debate about the "crisis of representation" in Europe.' Journal of Public Policy `These volumes contain the work of many of the most important scholars in the field of public opinion working in Europe today ... These five volumes represent a major contribution to comparative politics, especially the study of mass politics. The chapters provide a wealth of information about public opinion in contemporary Europe and the relationship between state and society ... The volumes clearly will be read by all students of European politics, but they should be the beginning of inquiry rather than the end.' Times Educational Supplement `This range is truly impressive and, although there are no definitive answers, there is more evidence than has been available in the past.' Times Educational Supplement `a pleasure to read' Mogens N. Pedersen, University of Odense, Political Stdies (1997), XLV `The best available source of insight into how West European democracy operates in the view of the citizens concerned. How does democracy work in Western Europe? ... offers, in my view, the best source available when searching for answers to this question, which after all is so relevant for practical politics in Europe and also political science ... is the closest ever examination of European democracy ... a gigantic survey of the attitudes of European citizens towards thier political institutions.' Jan-Erik Lane, Journal of European Public Policy March 1997
|List of Chapters and Authors in Volumes I-Iv||p. xiv|
|The Tale of a Comparative Political Science Project||p. 1|
|Theories of Crisis and Catastrophe, Change and Transformation||p. 17|
|Political Attitudes and Political Behaviour||p. 40|
|The Growth and Decline of the State?||p. 65|
|International Government||p. 97|
|Citizens and the State||p. 126|
|A Crisis of Democracy?||p. 150|
|Appendix: Project Proposal for Decision by the General Assembly of the European Science Foundation on 2 November 1988||p. 173|
|Author Index||p. 201|
|Subject Index||p. 204|
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Series: Beliefs in Government : Book 5
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 23rd November 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.3 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.54