Assembling accessible and informative essays on contemporary debates and future issues in politics, this rewarding volume focuses on political developments in UK, European and international issues, and modern theoretical debates and problems. Each essay establishes the historical context before providing a speculative analysis of possible future developments. The collection presents a range of challenging and provocative accounts that deal with some of the most delicate, complex and fundamental issues that affect people living in Western Europe in the twenty-first century.

chapter 1|10 pages


ByDave Cowling, Mark Morland

part |82 pages


part |66 pages


chapter 5|21 pages

New Labour, the Third Way and Ideological Politics

ByAndrew Shepherd

chapter 6|25 pages

Northern Ireland: Plenty of Problems for the Future

ByMark Cowling

chapter 7|16 pages

Regionalism: A Response to Globalisation?

ByHoward Elcock

part |98 pages

European and Global Issues

chapter 8|32 pages

The Economics and Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)

ByStephen Gough, Julian James

chapter 10|19 pages

NATO and the Challenge of Security in a New Era

ByAndrew Cottey

chapter 11|18 pages

Globalisation and Third World Poverty

ByBrian Vale