By Alexis Chommeloux, Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan

This e-book presents an unique, foreign and multidisciplinary point of view at the contemporary and vast political and constitutional adjustments in Europe. The participants disguise alterations from a number of key eu nations, no matter if ecu Union contributors, applicant contributors, non-EU contributors or possibly former participants, specifically France, Germany, the uk, Denmark, Spain, the Western Balkans and Switzerland. the quantity deals an extraordinary figuring out of up to date eu societies via reading how people’s offerings as electorate and citizens have inspired and will impact these alterations and hence make a distinction through elections and referendums. it's going to attract scholars and students of ecu stories, comparative politics, and balloting behaviour, in addition to to the broader readership drawn to present affairs and ecu matters.

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Chommeloux, E. 1057/978-1-137-50964-2_3 31 32 A. CHOMMELOUX a vacuum. Historical, constitutional, political similarities need to be taken into account though, given the constraints inherent to writing a short chapter, historical or constitutional references will be kept to a minimum, at times providing a partial backdrop to topical events. Besides, where similarities are uncovered, we should not assume we are dealing with oneway processes wherein America is invariably the model. France, or the risk that America may be becoming like France, is a red flag—in more senses than one—conveniently pulled out by the American right to denounce the allegedly socialistic tendencies of the Democrats.

What the May 2010 General Election really showed was that the electoral system had to contend with a very different political landscape characterised by a significant decline of two-party politics and the fragmentation of the vote, with options that ranged beyond the nationalist parties in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as people could also choose to vote for other parties like UKIP or the Greens. If, in a way, the May 2010 General Election came as a severe blow to the two-party system—a political trend started in the 1970s—the 2014 British local elections and European Elections held on the same day could THE SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM...

That old chestnut”, some might say, and yet “Americanisation” is a remarkably serviceable concept. 5 By “American” characteristics what is almost always meant is “North-American” characteristics and characteristics pertaining to the USA more specifically. 6 The cogency of analysing recent electoral events, in light of what is sometimes claimed—with more or less national indignation, political afterthought and electoral acumen—to be an unquestionable reality cannot be assessed in A. Chommeloux (
) University of Tours, Tours, France © The Author(s) 2017 A.

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