Europe Discourse And Institutions

Author: Cristian Nitoiu
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317645294
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Europe Discourse And Institutions from the Author: Cristian Nitoiu. This book focuses on how discourse and various narratives contribute to the construction of the European Union as a political actor, thus seeking to challenge the more established approaches to the study of the Union. It sheds light on the way discourses about the European Union are created, perpetuated and then translated into policy outcomes. Most of the contributions attempt to account for the differences that usually arise between discourse and policy practices. The methods employed range from more traditional variants of discourse analysis to other more radical versions that emphasize power, or to critical or differential reading of policy narratives and ethnography. Policy areas such as trade, enlargement, foreign policy and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) are discussed, while a particular interest is awarded to the European Parliament and the Commission. In doing so, the contributions shed light on the role discourse plays in relation to policies, institutional practices, and value representations at the European level. Moreover, the authors analyse the different actors and structures that create and perpetuate discourses within the EU, highlighting new insights that a focus on discourse can bring to the field of European Union studies. This book was published as a special issue of Perspectives on European Politics and Society.

Multilingual Encounters In Europe S Institutional Spaces

Author: Johann W. Unger
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441144846
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Multilingual Encounters In Europe S Institutional Spaces from the Author: Johann W. Unger. Multilingual encounters have been commonplace in many types of institutions, and have become an essential part of supranational institutions such as the EU since their inception. This volume explores and discusses different ways of researching the discursive dimension of these encounters, and critically examines their relevance to policy, politics and society as a whole. This includes institutions at the local, regional and supranational level. Multilingualism in institutions is currently often seen as an obstacle rather than an opportunity, at least with respect to European public and private spheres. The volume asks: - exactly how is multilingualism conceptualized and talked about in different institutions? - how do different institutions 'deal' with multilingualism, both internally and externally? - what are the policy making rules and challenges for the future for various institutions with respect to multilingualism?

Understanding European Union Institutions

Author: Alex Warleigh
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415242141
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Understanding European Union Institutions from the Author: Alex Warleigh. Understanding the institutions of the European Union is vital to understanding how it functions. This book provides students with a user-friendly introduction to the main institutions, and explains their different roles in the functioning and development of the European Union. Key features: * introduces and explains the functions of all the main institutions dividing them into those that have a policy-making role, those that oversee and regulate, and those that operate in an advisory capacity * provides students with an overview of the history of the European Union and the development of its institutions and considers their continuing importance to the success of the European Union * clearly written by experienced and knowledgeable teachers of the subject * presented in a student friendly format, providing boxed concepts and summaries, guides to further reading, figures and flowcharts, and a glossary of terms.

Models Of Democracy In Nordic And Baltic Europe

Author: Nicholas Aylott
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317094816
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Models Of Democracy In Nordic And Baltic Europe from the Author: Nicholas Aylott. This book explores the ways in which representative democracy works in two neighbouring collections of European states: the Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) and the Baltic (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). Starting from a Nordic vantage point, contributors explore the extent to which aspects of politics function similarly or dissimilarly across the two groups of democratic states, acknowledging the differences in models of democracy that occur within each group. Authors explore the possibility that some of the apparently successful institutional features of Nordic politics have somehow influenced politics in the Baltic states, despite the considerable contextual differences between the two groups. The Nordic-Baltic comparison is particularly worthy of study, given the comparative stability of the Nordic democracies and the half century of occupation by a totalitarian dictatorship that the Baltic states endured. The central, guiding questions are: how does political representation work in countries that have a lot in common, but also a few significant contextual dissimilarities; and what, if any, relationships between the respective styles of democracy can be identified? Using a variety of theories, perspectives and methods, the empirical studies that populate the book seek to offer reflections on these questions.

Language Discourse And Identity In Central Europe

Author: J. Carl
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230241662
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Language Discourse And Identity In Central Europe from the Author: J. Carl. Focusing on contact between German and other languages, the contributors analyze the ways in which language practices and discourses on language have changed since the end of the Cold War.

Tensions In The Struggle For Sexual Minority Rights In Europe

Author: Nicole J. Beger
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719069307
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Tensions In The Struggle For Sexual Minority Rights In Europe from the Author: Nicole J. Beger. Que(e)rying political practices in Europe is the first queer and poststructuralist reading of political rights concepts in the specific European transnational context. In the last thirty years Europe has seen the rise of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender movements fighting nationally and transnationally for participation rights in society. In addition academic theorists have increasingly paid attention to the epistemological and ontological roles gender and sexuality play in modern politics. However, in the political process of arguing for rights the centrality of those roles is mostly hidden from view in official institutional and movement discourses. This book investigates the conceptual themes of lesbian, gay, and transgender rights and lobby politics in Europe and their open and hidden relations to binary and hierarchical orders of dominance. It contributes to an understanding of the conditions upon which politics of inclusion, participation, social justice, and equality rest and why struggles for sexual minority rights have been so difficult and slow. The book illuminates how the paradigms of political discourses constitute, consolidate, and contest the meaning and cultu

Discourse On Applied Sociology Volume 2

Author: Samir Dasgupta
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1843313715
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Discourse On Applied Sociology Volume 2 from the Author: Samir Dasgupta. This engaging two-volume study pursues a balance between theoretical and practical sociology. [NP] Volume II, subtitled 'Practising Perspectives', provides workable guidelines for social scientists, policymakers, planners, administrators and social activists. The reader is also introduced to the sophisticated research methods employed in the social sciences. Emphasizing cross-cultural experiences and a global perspective, the essays study social problems using inductive and deductive approaches, measurable concepts and quantitative analysis. Modern crises precipitated by war, terrorism, anarchy and poverty are examined in practical and realistic terms.

Environmental Politics In Southern Europe

Author: Klaus Eder
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780792367536
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Environmental Politics In Southern Europe from the Author: Klaus Eder. This volume discusses why there will always be a local "demos" located in ecology, economy, and society, with no transnational equivalent. Political integration and economic globalization cannot diminish local identity and social memories; locality is the basis for meaningful sustainability.

Institutions Discourse And Regional Development

Author: Henrik Halkier
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9789052012759
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Institutions Discourse And Regional Development from the Author: Henrik Halkier. Why are some regional development strategies adopted and others rejected? Only limited systematic attention has been paid to the politics of regional policy, including the role of institutions, discourse, and political debate in shaping this major area of public policy. The book develops an institutionalist approach to the study of regional policy, capable of spanning major European development paradigms and accounting for the dynamic relationship between organisations, policies and political discourse. This conceptual framework is then applied to the Scottish Development Agency, a development body famed across Europe for its innovative policies but surrounded by political controversy in Scotland. A detailed study of corporate strategies, policy implementation, and the wider British environment questions existing interpretations of the organisation which tend to vilify anti-interventionist Thatcherites or glorify shrewd development professionals. Instead the author proposes an alternative synthesis which highlights the interplay between institutions, discourse and regional development in the politics of regional policy.

Discourse And Transformation In Central And Eastern Europe

Author: A. Galasinska
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230594298
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Discourse And Transformation In Central And Eastern Europe from the Author: A. Galasinska. This volume explores the discursive nature of post-1989 social change in Central and Eastern Europe. Through a set of national case studies, the construction of post-communist transformation is explored from the point of view of accelerating and unique dynamics of linguistic and discursive practices.