European Integration and the Postmodern Condition: Governance, Democracy, Identity

European Integration and the Postmodern Condition: Governance, Democracy, Identity

European Integration and the Postmodern Condition: Governance, Democracy, Identity

European Integration and the Postmodern Condition: Governance, Democracy, Identity

Synopsis

This is the first book to look at the process of European integration by drawing on both established and new trends in postmodern thinking and analysis. The book asks how we can study the process of European integration in the current climate, and maps out the central elements of the academic debate dealing with the future of integration, and 'Europe' in general. The author stimulates fresh readings of the European issue, encouraging the development of new analytical horizons. This is a significant cutting-edge contribution to debates in politics, comparative politics and European studies.

Excerpt

The ideas which this book presents on European integration and, more specifically, the new theoretical approach to understanding the nature of European politics, have been some time in the making. All scholars that want to make some sense of how the European Union (EU) is changing and shaping the economic, political, cultural and security landscape of the continent have to ask which perspectives are more useful than others, which metaphors may give us better insight in the complexity of integration, and which reading of the European political text is dominant.

Over the years, I have looked at (and through) a number of the conceptual 'lenses' that are available in the academic literature and found most of them too constricted or simply out of focus. It struck me that, although the process of European integration is unique and the developing Euro-polity without its equal, most theoretical approaches remain embedded within a pattern of traditional, state-centric concepts of politics and continue to take the classical inside/outside divide of domestic/international politics for granted. I am, however, convinced that the study of European politics requires a different, more open, eclectic and decentered approach. Such a postmodern perspective of European politics has been developed in this book, and I hope that it will serve as an intellectual springboard for those that are beginning to come to terms with the rapidly changing and expanding agenda of European political studies. Certainly, I expect to work along these lines of enquiry myself during the foreseeable future.

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