Euroclash

Author: Neil Fligstein
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191647942
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The European Union's market integration project has dramatically altered economic activity around Europe. This book presents extensive evidence on how trade has increased, jobs have been created, and European business has been reorganized. The changes in the economy have been accompanied by dramatic changes in how people from different societies interact. This book argues provocatively that these changes have produced a truly transnational-European-society. The book explores the nature of that society and its relationship to the creation of a European identity, popular culture, and politics. Much of the current political conflict around Europe can be attributed to who is and who is not involved in European society. Business owners, managers, professionals, white-collar workers, the educated, and the young have all benefited from European economic integration, specifically by interacting more and more with their counterparts in other societies. They tend to think of themselves as Europeans. Older, poorer, less educated, and blue-collar citizens have benefited less. They view the EU as intrusive on national sovereignty, or they fear its pro-business orientation will overwhelm the national welfare states. They have maintained national identities. There is a third group of mainly-middle class citizens who see the EU in mostly positive terms and sometimes-but not always-think of themselves as Europeans. It is this swing group that is most critical for the future of the European project. If they favor more European cooperation, politicians will oblige. But, if they prefer that policies remain wedded to the nation, European cooperation will stall.

Euroclash

Author: Neil Fligstein
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191562181
Format: PDF
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The European Union's market integration project has dramatically altered economic activity around Europe. This book presents extensive evidence on how trade has increased, jobs have been created, and European business has been reorganized. The changes in the economy have been accompanied by dramatic changes in how people from different societies interact. This book argues provocatively that these changes have produced a truly transnational-European-society. The book explores the nature of that society and its relationship to the creation of a European identity, popular culture, and politics. Much of the current political conflict around Europe can be attributed to who is and who is not involved in European society. Business owners, managers, professionals, white-collar workers, the educated, and the young have all benefited from European economic integration, specifically by interacting more and more with their counterparts in other societies. They tend to think of themselves as Europeans. Older, poorer, less educated, and blue-collar citizens have benefited less. They view the EU as intrusive on national sovereignty, or they fear its pro-business orientation will overwhelm the national welfare states. They have maintained national identities. There is a third group of mainly-middle class citizens who see the EU in mostly positive terms and sometimes-but not always-think of themselves as Europeans. It is this swing group that is most critical for the future of the European project. If they favor more European cooperation, politicians will oblige. But, if they prefer that policies remain wedded to the nation, European cooperation will stall.

Euroclash

Author: Neil Fligstein
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199542562
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book documents how the European Union's market integration projects have increased trade and caused corporations to reorganize on a European basis. Then, it demonstrates how these changes have led to the creation of a European society and politics. Much of the current political conflict about the EU can be attributed to who is and who is not involved in European society. Upper middle class citizens who benefit the most tend to think of themselves asEuropeans. Lower middle class and poorer citizens have benefited less and maintain national identities. They view the EU as intrusive on national sovereignty and fear that its pro-business orientation will overwhelm the national welfare states. A third group of middle class voters benefit from Europeanintegration and sometimes think of themselves as Europeans. They are the most critical to the future of the Europe. If they favor more European cooperation, politicians will oblige. If they decide not to support that cooperation, the European project will stall.

European Identity

Author: Jeffrey T. Checkel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521883016
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An ambitious volume which asks why hopes are fading for a single European identity, despite decades of European integration.

Europe s Crises

Author: Manuel Castells
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1509524886
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Today, the European Union is facing a crisis as serious as anything it has experienced since its origins more than half a century ago. What makes this so serious is that it is not a single crisis but rather multiple crises – the euro crisis, the migration/refugee crisis, Brexit, etc. – that overlap and reinforce one another, creating a cumulative array of challenges that threatens the very survival of the EU. For the first time in its history, there is a real risk that the EU could break up. This volume brings together sociologists, economists and political scientists from around Europe to shed light on how the EU got into this predicament. It argues that the multiple crises that have plagued the European Union in the last decade stem to a large extent from flaws in its construction and that these flaws are consequences of the political processes that led to the formation of the EU – in other words, the decisions that made possible the development of the EU created the conditions for the multiple crises it experiences today. This timely and wide-ranging book on one of the most important issues of our time will be of great interest to students and scholars in the social sciences, to politicians and policy-makers and to anyone concerned with Europe and its future.

The Institutionalization of Europe

Author: Alec Stone Sweet
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199247951
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book provides an account of the development of the EU, from a relatively specialised organ of economic cooperation in the 1960s to the complex, quasi-federal entity that today governs an increasingly diverse set of policy domains.

A Theory of Fields

Author: Neil Fligstein
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 0199859949
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In recent years there has been an outpouring of work at the intersection of social movement thoery, organizational theory, economic, and political sociology. The problems at the core of these areas, Fligstein and McAdam argue, have a similar analytic and theoretical structure. Synthesizing much of this work, A Theory of Fields offers a general perspective on how to understand the problems related to understanding change and instability in modern, complex societies through a theory of strategic action fields.

A Union of Diversity

Author: Peter A. Kraus
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139469819
Format: PDF
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The European Union's motto 'United in Diversity' contrasts with the cultural standardization entailed in the formation of nation-states and the forging of political identities in Europe. So what does being 'united in diversity' mean? Focusing on language politics and policies, this book offers a thorough assessment of the implications of cultural and linguistic diversity for the process of constructing a European polity. It sheds light on some of the most pressing problems associated with contemporary identity politics. It is often claimed that the recurrent celebration of diversity in Europe's programmatic declarations has an effective political impact. Kraus offers a critical analysis of how the EU has responded to the normative challenge of creating an institutional frame for integration which allows cultural differences to be transcended without ignoring them.

National Identity and Europe in Times of Crisis

Author: Christian Karner
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1787145131
Format: PDF
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Europeanness is challenged by the multiple crises and debates happening across the continent. There is long-standing disagreement over Europe’s boundaries, and politicians and citizens continually reflect on the EU’s past, present and future. This book analyses such reflections and political struggles in a variety of national and local contexts.