A Community of Europeans?: Transnational Identities and Public Spheres (Paperback)Thomas Risse (author)
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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.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 28 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
"In a book that will become a classic, Thomas Risse provides a fascinating, comprehensive, and wise analysis of European identity. This book is a model of conceptual clarity, empirical richness, and theoretical acuity that is certain to shape both the field of European studies and debate about the future of Europe." -- Gary Marks, Chair in Multilevel Governance, VU Amsterdam, and Burton Craige Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill
"This timely and important book spans sociology, comparative politics, and international relations. Thomas Risse was one of the first to write about European identity issues as well as about the European public sphere; he combines sophisticated quantitative methodology with careful qualitative analysis." -- Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Boston University
"Thomas Risse has taken up the hard question of whether or not a European public sphere exists. He has tentatively answered 'yes.' But, he also has a realistic view of the limits of that sphere and the political forces that affect the possibility of that sphere expanding, contracting or leading to bad outcomes. His perspective marks a clear position in this important debate about the future of Europe. This makes the book well worth reading." -- Neil Fligstein, University of California, Berkeley