A Political Theory of Identity in European Integration: by Catherine Guisan

By Catherine Guisan

This ebook offers a theoretical and ancient exam of the speech and deeds of ecu founders.Using a clean and cutting edge strategy, this monograph connects political concept with concrete political practices in keeping with empirical proof, and theorizes the inner technique of eu reconciliations because it has been skilled by way of these concerned. The booklet attracts upon over a hundred interviews, memoirs, autobiographies and essays of elite and grassroot actors around the historical past of the ecu Union, from the founding of the eu Coal and metal group in 1950-2 to the 2010 monetary predicament. It introduces the reader to significant modern Western political thinkers, Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor and Paul Ricoeur, and examines how their theories advance the translation of political phenomena reminiscent of eu integration. As one of many first reports of european thoughts, this procedure opens a different window of study to view the improvement of the eu neighborhood, and makes a desirable contribution to our figuring out of the political culture born of 60 years of ecu integration.A Political conception of id in eu Integration: reminiscence and regulations can be of sturdy curiosity to scholars and students of ecu politics, modern democratic conception and european reviews. Review'Guisan’s research claims a far better specialise in the theoretical implications of her findings for the method of ecu integration, [this] book is very recommended: it proves that it truly is nonetheless attainable so as to add new insights and findings to the prevailing literature facing problems with eu identity.' - Alexander Reinfeldt, Universitat Hamburg, GermanyAbout the AuthorCatherine Guisan is a vacationing Assistant Professor within the division of Political technological know-how on the college of Minnesota and the writer of Un sens à l'Europe: Gagner los angeles paix (Paris: Odile Jacob, 2003). [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Did the founding of the ECSC satisfy or, on the contrary, fail the test of Habermas’ discourse ethics? Was Jean Monnet truly an autocratic civil servant immersed in neo-functionalism? There is solid evidence that he took democracy and politics much more seriously than has often been depicted. Other questions I examine are to what extent the European Parliament has become a “communication community” and whether referendums provide EU citizens with genuine possibilities of right-speaking. Part III of Chapter 6 offers a discussion of the writing and ratification of the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon.

But Arendt is well aware that she breaks with an old tradition by politicizing forgiveness. One reason why forgiveness is so controversial in politics is that it may contradict the requirements of justice, on which the legitimacy of democratic orders rests. 59 Thomas Brudholm objects to processes of forgiveness and reconciliation, which too often discount the victims’ voice and feelings. 62 And one may ask Kateb: what about collective harm inflicted by one collectivity upon another? 64 Arendt is loath to enter the secret recesses of the human heart and thus repentance does not feature in her considerations.

This is the goal, if not the reality, of EU enlargement, a neologism for the peaceful expansion of a union of democratic nation-states, driven primarily by the requests of outsiders to join. Stories of enlargement “represent” how certain EU policies, such as the programs of economic and social cohesion, and institutional arrangements, such as the rotating presidency, have facilitated mutual recognition among Member States, which is predicated on the equality of treatment and status. Chapter 4’s Part III examines the relevance of the principle of recognition (and the lack thereof) to current negotiations for accession.

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