The aim of this conclusion is to tease out the major themes that have reappeared throughout the book. In doing so it addresses six questions: what are the most striking features of the picture of contemporary West European politics (governance); to what extent has there been convergence between West European states; how can one go about accounting for continued divergences between political systems confronted by similar pressures; how has the European Union affected the political landscape in Western Europe; how serious are the problems of legitimacy confronting West European political systems; and how do different methodological approaches impact upon the understanding of West European politics? The answers to these questions are neither clear nor straightforward. The various chapters not only address different issues, often from different perspectives, but also on occasion come to different conclusions regarding the same phenomena. In doing so they demonstrate the richness, diversity and vibrancy of the subject.
Keywords: convergence, divergence, European governance, European political systems, European politics, European states, European Union, governance, legitimacy, methodology, political systems, politics, Western Europe
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