The Statecraft of Consensus Democracies in a Turbulent Globe: A Comparative Study of Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland (Routledge Analysis in Comparative Politics)
Drawing on the operate of Arend Lijphart, this book focuses on consensus democracies. These democracies entail a complex set of democratic institutional and conventional arrangements and can be regarded as a item of path-dependent development towards a national culture of compromise and bargaining.
Taking a multi-dimensional and multi-spatial approach, this book examines the West central European consensus democracies of Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland, over the previous 40 years. Magone examines how these democracies have been transformed by Europeanization thrusts and global turbulence yet are capable to preserve political stability. It supplies historical context including the diverse phases of transformation: the golden period (1945-1979) disorganised capitalism (1979-1993) and re-equilibration (1993-). It consists of chapters on political culture, government, parliament, the rise of populism and political parties, subnational government, and the political economy and concludes deliberating on the relevance of consensus democracies’ experiences for the future of European and worldwide governance.
Primarily based on original investigation, this book will be of sturdy interest to students and scholars of comparative politics, European government, West European politics, the politics of small states in Europe, and these with a certain interest in the politics of Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland.