Euroclash: The EU, European Identity, and the Future of Europe

Euroclash: The EU, European Identity, and the Future of Europe

by Neil Fligstein
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199580855

ISBN-13: 9780199580859

Pub. Date: 12/13/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199580859
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/13/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures xii

List of Tables xiv

1 The Dynamics of European Society 1

2 Constructing Markets and Politics: The Formation of the European Union, 1958-2004 33

3 The Economic Transformation of Europe 62

4 The Creation of Markets: The Cases of the Defense, Telecommunications, and Football Industries 89

5 Who Are the Europeans? 123

6 What is European Society? 165

7 The Structure of European Politics 208

8 Conclusions 242

References 254

Index 267

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