By Hans Slomp
The two-volume Europe, A Political Profile: An American significant other to eu Politics is the 1st encyclopedic survey of politics in Europe in particular written for a large American public, together with highschool scholars. the 1st quantity locations nationwide advancements and associations in a Europe-wide context and contains tables evaluating eu politics with U.S. politics. the second one quantity discusses the person eu countries through local staff, facilitating comparability of a rustic with neighboring international locations. All eu nations are lined, together with Turkey, Russia, and the Caucasian republics of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. each one nation profile contains an creation to the land, the folks, the economic system, and the tradition, in addition to a timeline of historical highlights. The nation's political procedure is mentioned, as are public guidelines and the key political events. each one access additionally presents tables directory heads of country, the composition of the legislative physique, and the political leaders.
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In a wider sense, it is even used for all social provisions that (poor) citizens would be unable to afford for themselves or their families, education and health care in particular. Welfare state is a positive term in Europe; it mainly focuses on social security, a term that in Europe covers not only contributory provisions, for which one has paid taxes or other contributions, but also noncontributory programs, that is, benefits in case of poverty (called welfare in the United States), whatever its cause, that are often paid out of public funds.
A more democratic opposite of pluralism consists of the absence of equal opportunities of influence and a systematic governmental bias in favor of one or two specific interests, big business for instance. Yet another opposite is corporatism, a preferential access to government and sometimes participation in governmental decision making for associations that represent opposed interests; the goal is to reduce or even prevent opposition to governmental policies and to enhance the association’s legitimacy as a contributor to democratic stability.
Since then, crossing borders between the EU countries no longer implies changing money. Yet, international developments toward more European unity should not divert attention from the long and difficult attempts by the European nations to bring more unity within their national borders. Coping with diversity is not only an important aim of international but also of national politics. Europe: â•›A Quick Geographical Note As a quick glance at a world map reveals, Europe is actually no more than a peninsula on Asia’s western front.