Community of Europeans? Transnational Identities and Public Spheres

ISBN-10: 0801476488

ISBN-13: 9780801476488

Edition: 2010

Authors: Thomas Risse

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In A Community of Europeans? a thoughtful observer of the ongoing project of European integration evaluates the state of the art about European identity and European public spheres. Thomas Risse argues that integration has had profound and long-term effects on the citizens of EU countries, most of whom now have at least a secondary "European identity" to complement their national identities. Risse also claims that we can see the gradual emergence of transnational European communities of communication. Exploring the outlines of this European identity and of the communicative spaces, Risse sheds light on some pressing questions: What do "Europe" and "the EU" mean in the various public debates? How do European identities and transnational public spheres affect policymaking in the EU? And how do they matter in discussions about enlargement, particularly Turkish accession to the EU? What will be the consequences of the growing contestation and politicization of European affairs for European democracy? This focus on identity allows Risse to address the "democratic deficit" of the EU, the disparity between the level of decision making over increasingly relevant issues for peoples' lives (at the EU) and the level where politics plays itself out-in the member states. He argues that the EU's democratic deficit can only be tackled through politicization and that "debating Europe" might prove the only way to defend modern and cosmopolitan Europe against the increasingly forceful voices of Euroskepticism.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 5/13/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

AMICHAI MAGEN is W. Glenn Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution and anbsp;Lecturer in Law atnbsp;Stanford Law School. He is also annbsp;Affiliated Scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law (CDDRL) atnbsp;Stanford University. THOMAS RISSE is Professor of International Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin and Coordinator of the Research Center “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. MICHAEL MCFAUL is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law (CDDRL), all at Stanford University.

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List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Europeanization of Identities and Public Spheres
An Emerging European Identity?
Collective Identities: Conceptual and Methodological Questions
Multiple Europes: The Europeanization of Citizens' Identities
Modern Europe and Its Discontents: The Europeanization of Elite Identities
Europeanization of National Identities: Explanations
An Emerging European Public Sphere?
Transnational Public Spheres: Conceptual Questions
The Gradual Europeanization of Public Spheres
A European Community of Communication?
"Deepening": European Institution-Building
"Widening": EU Enlargement and Contested Identities
European Democracy and Politicization
Conclusions: Defending Modern Europe
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