By Patricia Hogwood, Geoffrey Roberts

Presents a complete advent to the political approach and strategies of western Europe. Demonstrates basically that political judgements are made within the context of particular ancient advancements, geographical constraints and social calls for. totally up to date to take account of the new French, British and Italian common elections in addition to the momentous alterations that experience taken position in worldwide politics as a result of September eleven terrorist assaults, and the arrangements for european growth. Chapters at the ecu Union and democracy in western Europe were considerably revised to take account of globalisation and up to date political corruption issues.

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Given that pluralism is a guiding principle for modern western European society, the problem remains that if political differences are allowed to escalate, they can lead to conflict expressed in divided communities, social instability or even civil war. How can the fragmentation of society be avoided under a pluralist system? Liberal democracies work on the basis that, properly channelled, differing views can be contained and resolved and that the resulting consensus helps to promote a vital, peaceful and stable society.

Second, there is no constitutional court which will prohibit the government from doing something on the grounds that such actions conflict with the constitution. Third, provisions of the British constitution (such as the Parliament Act, or provisions governing the maximum life-span of a parliament) can be amended by the same process as the amendment of other laws. Finally, no two experts would agree about what precisely is included in the ‘constitution’ and what is not. Indeed, some ‘received wisdom’ concerning prescriptions of the constitution (such as the unconstitutionality of having the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs sitting in the House of Lords rather than the House of Commons, or limits on the power of the House of Lords to reject certain types of legislation) turns out to have been mistaken, when such prescriptions are disregarded and no serious constitutional or political consequences follow.

Third, provisions of the British constitution (such as the Parliament Act, or provisions governing the maximum life-span of a parliament) can be amended by the same process as the amendment of other laws. Finally, no two experts would agree about what precisely is included in the ‘constitution’ and what is not. Indeed, some ‘received wisdom’ concerning prescriptions of the constitution (such as the unconstitutionality of having the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs sitting in the House of Lords rather than the House of Commons, or limits on the power of the House of Lords to reject certain types of legislation) turns out to have been mistaken, when such prescriptions are disregarded and no serious constitutional or political consequences follow.

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