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Politics and Society in Contemporary Europe: A Concise Introduction

Stephen Wright
Politics and Society in Contemporary Europe: A Concise Introduction
ISBN: 978-1-955055-51-2
ISBN: 978-1-955055-52-9
ISBN: 978-1-955055-72-7
2023/358 pages/LC: 2022011952
7"x9" format


What constitutes Europe today? Is there an identifiable European culture that transcends state boundaries? How do the various national political, economic, and social structures and institutions work? To what extent does the European Union influence policy in the region for members and nonmembers alike? Stephen Wright's comprehensive discussion of contemporary European politics addresses these fundamental questions in a book that notably encompasses all of Europe, from the UK to the Russian Federation.

Both thematic and comparative, with numerous examples used to illustrate key points, Politics and Society in Contemporary Europe integrates political, economic, and social factors to provide a thorough—and accessible—text.


Stephen Wright is professor emeritus of politics and international affairs at Northern Arizona University.


  • The Evolution of European Identities.
  • Critical Legacies of the Twentieth Century.
  • Foundational Structures of the Political Arena.
  • Leaders, Leadership, and Governing Institutions.
  • Groups and the Contest for Power.
  • Social Issues and Challenges.
  • Public Policy Debates and Agendas.
  • The Pursuit of Peace Within Europe.
  • The Contest for Global Influence.
  • Ongoing Transitions and the Future of Europe.
  • Country Profiles.