Turbulent And Mighty Continent

Author: Anthony Giddens
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745681271
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Turbulent And Mighty Continent from the Author: Anthony Giddens. Winner of the 2014 European Book Prize. A "United States of Europe", Winston Churchill proposed in 1946, could "as if by a miracle transform" that "turbulent and mighty continent". "In this way only", he continued, "will hundreds of millions of toilers be able to regain the simple joys and hopes which make life worth living". Today, nearly seventy years later, over 500 million people live in the member states of the European Union – a greater number than in any other political community save for China and India. The currency of the Union, the euro, is used in economic transactions world-wide. Yet the EU is mired in the greatest crisis of its history, one that threatens its very existence as an entity able to have an impact upon world affairs. Europe no longer seems so mighty, instead but faces the threat of becoming an irrelevant backwater or, worse, once again the scene of turbulent conflicts. Divisions are arising all over Europe, while the popularity of the Union sinks. How can this situation be turned around? Now published as a revised and updated paperback that takes account of the May 2014 elections to the European Parliament, Turbulent and Mighty Continent makes a powerful case for a far-reaching and fundamental renewal of the European project as a whole.

Politische Theorien Der Gegenwart Ii

Author: André Brodocz
Publisher: UTB
ISBN: 3825240789
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Politische Theorien Der Gegenwart Ii from the Author: AndrĂ© Brodocz. Die zeitgenössische Politische Theorie ist unĂŒbersichtlich. Ein Blick in die Literatur offenbart eine Vielzahl verschiedener Theorieangebote, die sich in rasanter Geschwindigkeit auseinanderbewegen. Die drei BĂ€nde Politische Theorien der Gegenwart I, II und III reduzieren diese UnĂŒbersichtlichkeit innerhalb der Theorieentwicklung und liefern einen Überblick ĂŒber die politischen Theorien der Gegenwart, angefangen bei den klassischen Theorien des 20. Jahrhunderts bis hin zu aktuellen Debatten. Alle drei BĂ€nde besitzen ein einheitliches didaktisches Schema. Jede Theorie wird anhand einer paradigmatischen Referenztheoretikerin bzw. eines Referenztheoretikers in einem Kapitel vorgestellt. „Hervorragend als Lehrtext“ Politische Vierteljahresschrift Die Herausgeber: Prof. Dr. AndrĂ© Brodocz ist Politikwissenschaftler an der UniversitĂ€t Erfurt Prof. Dr. Gary S. Schaal ist Politikwissenschaftler an der Helmut-Schmidt-UniversitĂ€t / UniBW, Hamburg

Euroscepticism And The Future Of European Integration

Author: Catherine E. De Vries
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192511904
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Euroscepticism And The Future Of European Integration from the Author: Catherine E. De Vries. The European Union (EU) is facing one of the rockiest periods in its existence. No time in its history has it looked so economically fragile, so unsecure about how to protect its borders, so divided over how to tackle the crisis of legitimacy facing its institutions, and so under assault of Eurosceptic parties. The unprecedented levels of integration in recent decades have led to increased public contestation, yet at the same the EU is more reliant on public support for its continued legitimacy than ever before. This book examines the role of public opinion in the European integration process. It develops a novel theory of public opinion that stresses the deep interconnectedness between people's views about European and national politics, and suggests that public opinion cannot simply be characterized as either Eurosceptic or not, but rather consists of different types. This is important because these types coincide with fundamentally different views about the way the EU should be reformed and which policy priorities should be pursued. These types also have very different consequences for behaviour in elections and referenda. Euroscepticism is such a diverse phenomenon because the Eurozone crisis has exacerbated the structural imbalances within the EU. As the economic and political fates of member states diverged, people's experiences with and evaluations of the EU and national political systems also grew further apart. The heterogeneity in public preferences that this book has uncovered makes a one-size-fits-all approach to addressing Euroscepticism unlikely to be successful.


Publisher: Nomos
ISBN: 3845266155
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Europasoziologie from the Author: . Das Handbuch bildet erstmals den empirischen und theoretischen Problembestand der deutschsprachigen Europasoziologie in seinem ganzen Facettenreichtum ab, benennt und diskutiert kontroverse und offene Probleme. Angelegt als BeitrĂ€ge zum europasoziologischen State of the Art werden die Lemmata zu den einschlĂ€gigen Sachproblemen dabei unter den HauptstrĂ€ngen "Soziologische Kartografie Europas", "Institutionenbildung und Institutionenpolitik", "Territoriale Restrukturierung", "Sozialstruktur und Sozialpolitik", "Transnationale soziale Prozesse", "Gesellschaftstheoretische Perspektiven" und "Forschungsstrategien und Methodenkritik" versammelt. Das Handbuch stellt die jeweils zentralen TheorieansĂ€tze und Konzepte, die relevanten empirischen Befunde sowie die wichtigsten feldspezifischen Kontroversen konzise dar und diskutiert mit Umsicht das Innovationspotenzial und die kĂŒnftigen Herausforderungen. Insbesondere aufgrund des Nachschlagecharakters bietet es damit auch fĂŒr Interessierte außerhalb der Soziologie und fĂŒr wissenschaftliche Laien einen kompetenten und aktuellen Überblick zugleich ĂŒber den Wissensfundus und den Diskussionsstand des Faches. Mit BeitrĂ€gen von: Maurizio Bach, Stefan Bernhard, Sebastian M. BĂŒttner, Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Monika EigmĂŒller, Thilo Fehmel, Helmut Fehr, Sabine Frerichs, Lukas Gernand, Vera Glassner, GĂŒnter Hefler, Franz Heschl, Barbara Hönig, Stefan Immerfall, Viktoria Kaina, Tuuli-Marja Kleiner, JĂŒrgen Mackert, Lydia Malmedie, Steffen Mau, Hans-Peter MĂŒller, Thorsten MĂŒller, Sylke Nissen, Silke Ötsch, Susanne Pernicka, Gert Pickel, Angelika Poferl, Justin J.W. Powell, Max Preglau, Sonja Puntscher Riekmann, Karl-Siegbert Rehberg, Anja Riedeberger, Jochen Roose, Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg, Gerd Sebald, Lena Seewann, Anja Steinbach, Jochen Steinbicker, Anton Sterbling, Bo StrÄșth, Ulrich Teichler, Nikola Tietze, Hans-Jörg Trenz, Roland Verwiebe, Georg Vobruba, Peter Wagner, Theresa Wobbe, Margarita Wolf.

The Euro And The Battle Of Ideas

Author: Markus K. Brunnermeier
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400883334
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The Euro And The Battle Of Ideas from the Author: Markus K. Brunnermeier. Why is Europe's great monetary endeavor, the Euro, in trouble? A string of economic difficulties in Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy, and other Eurozone nations has left observers wondering whether the currency union can survive. In this book, Markus Brunnermeier, Harold James, and Jean-Pierre Landau argue that the core problem with the Euro lies in the philosophical differences between the founding countries of the Eurozone, particularly Germany and France. But the authors also show how these seemingly incompatible differences can be reconciled to ensure Europe’s survival. As the authors demonstrate, Germany, a federal state with strong regional governments, saw the Maastricht Treaty, the framework for the Euro, as a set of rules. France, on the other hand, with a more centralized system of government, saw the framework as flexible, to be overseen by governments. The authors discuss how the troubles faced by the Euro have led its member states to focus on national, as opposed to collective, responses, a reaction explained by the resurgence of the battle of economic ideas: rules vs. discretion, liability vs. solidarity, solvency vs. liquidity, austerity vs. stimulus. Weaving together economic analysis and historical reflection, The Euro and the Battle of Ideas provides a forensic investigation and a road map for Europe’s future.

The Europe Dilemma

Author: Roger Liddle
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857734644
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The Europe Dilemma from the Author: Roger Liddle. What is Britain’s future in Europe? This book revisits an old argument but for dramatically new times. The old argument is about Britain's ‘semi-detachedness’ from Europe and whether that posture could ever change. The new times are the crisis in the Eurozone and its wider impact on the European Union's future. While logic may point to deeper integration, the politics associated with the EU's problems make this a significant and possibly insurmountable challenge. Where should Britain stand? What future should Britain want for the EU? And how important is continued membership of the EU for Britain’s future? This book offers new answers to these questions from the perspective of an author who has combined experience both at the heart of the British Government, as Tony Blair's European adviser and with years of understanding Europe from the inside - working at a senior level in the European Commission. This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the future of British and European politics.

Counter Revolution

Author: Jan Zielonka
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192529226
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Counter Revolution from the Author: Jan Zielonka. Can open society survive? Is Europe disintegrating? How to overcome the economic crisis? Will Europeans feel secure again? Counter Revolution is a bold attempt to make sense of the extraordinary events taking place in Europe today. It examines the counter-revolution developing in Europe, exploring its roots and implications. The book takes the form of a series of heartfelt letters to the late European guru Ralf Dahrendorf. Several months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dahrendorf wrote a book fashioned on Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. Like Burke, he chose to put his analysis in the form of a letter, reflecting on the implications of the turbulent period around 1989. Thirty years' later, and faced with an equally turbulent period, Jan Zielonka asks: what next? This is not a book on populism, however: it is a book about liberalism. Populism has become a favourite topic within liberal circles and few have exposed populist deceptions and dangers better than liberal writers. Yet, liberals have shown themselves better at finger-pointing than at self-reflection. This book addresses the imbalance; it is a self-critical book by a life-time liberal. Counter-Revolution suggests that Europe and its liberal project need to be reinvented and recreated. There is no simple way back. Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel will not produce wonders. Europe failed to adjust to enormous geopolitical, economic, and technological changes that swept the continent over the past three decades. European models of democracy, capitalism, and integration are not in sync with new complex networks of cities, bankers, terrorists, or migrants. Liberal values that made Europe thrive for many decades have been betrayed. The escalation of emotions, myths, and ordinary lies left little space for reason, deliberation, and conciliation. This book examines these different aspects, proposing a way out of the labyrinth.

Die Normativit T Der Europ Ischen Union

Author: Erik Oddvar Eriksen
Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH
ISBN: 3495860525
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Die Normativit T Der Europ Ischen Union from the Author: Erik Oddvar Eriksen. Die EuropĂ€ische Union befindet sich aktuell in der grĂ¶ĂŸten Krise seit ihrer GrĂŒndung. Angesichts dessen ist es von besonderer Wichtigkeit, die normativen Grundlagen und Perspektiven dieser transnationalen politischen Organisation (erneut) zu bestimmen. Erik O. Eriksen unternimmt in seinem Buch eine kritische Rekonstruktion derjenigen Prinzipien, die dem europĂ€ischen Integrationsprozess bisher zugrunde lagen. Dabei ermöglicht der von ihm gewĂ€hlte pragmatistische Ansatz eine neue dynamische Perspektive auf diesen Prozess. Diese Perspektive greift nicht mehr auf die klassischen starren Kategorien etwa der SouverĂ€nitĂ€t oder der politischen Selbstbestimmung zurĂŒck, sondern begreift die sukzessive Herausbildung der EuropĂ€ischen Union als reflexive Integration. In einer tour de force zeigt Eriksen, in welcher Weise Prinzipien der Demokratie, Deliberation, Gerechtigkeit, des Rechtsstaats sowie der SolidaritĂ€t in einem normativen GefĂŒge zueinander stehen, das den Integrationsprozess weiter antreibt. Zugleich weist er auf die Gefahr hin, dass sich im Zuge der Eurokrise zwischen den EU-Mitgliedstaaten eine dauerhafte WillkĂŒrherrschaft herausbildet, in der die wirtschaftlich starken den schwĂ€cheren Staaten weitreichende Umstrukturierungsmaßnahmen aufzwingen. Es ist die StĂ€rke des Buches, aufzeigen zu können, wo tatsĂ€chlich die normativen Ressourcen der europĂ€ischen Integration liegen, die gegen eine solche RĂŒckkehr zur einer individualstaatlichen Interessenspolitik in Stellung gebracht werden können.

Democratic Eco Socialism As A Real Utopia

Author: Hans A. Baer
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1785336967
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Democratic Eco Socialism As A Real Utopia from the Author: Hans A. Baer. As global economic and population growth continues to skyrocket, increasingly strained resources have made one thing clear: the desperate need for an alternative to capitalism. In Democratic Eco-Socialism as a Real Utopia, Hans Baer outlines the urgent need to reevaluate historical definitions of socialism, commit to social equality and justice, and prioritize environmental sustainability. Democatic eco-socialism, as he terms it, is a system capable of mobilizing people around the world, albeit in different ways, to prevent on-going human socio-economic and environmental degradation, and anthropogenic climate change.

Social Theory For Alternative Societies

Author: Matt Dawson
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137337346
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Social Theory For Alternative Societies from the Author: Matt Dawson. This book traces a unique story of social theory: one which focuses on its role in offering ideas for alternative societies. In charting this story, Matt Dawson argues that the differences in alternatives offered by social theorists not only demonstrate the diversity in, and value of, sociological perspectives, but also emphasize competing ideas of the role of intellectuals in social change. The text discusses a collection of social theorists –from key figures such as Marx, Durkheim and Du Bois to less well known or now commonly overlooked writers such as Levitas, Lefebvre and Mannheim. It explains their use of the tools of sociology to critique society and provide visions for alternatives, highlighting elements of the intellectual backgrounds of movements such as socialism, anti-racism, feminism and cosmopolitanism. Social Theory for Alternative Societies not only explores in detail a variety of thinkers, but also reflects on the relevance of sociology today and on the connection between social theory and the 'real world.' Thus it will be of interest to students of sociology and those interested in ideas for a better society.