The Search for a European Identity: Values, Policies and Legitimacy of the European Union

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This book examines the link between political identity and legitimacy in the European Union. Stimulated by the crisis of legitimacy and identity suffered by the EU after the referenda on the Constitutional Treaty, the editors have developed a theoretical framework to examine the interplay between these two items in the problematic development of the EU into a fully-fledged political actor.

The contributors to the volume seek to:

  • Redefine the key notions in the rigorous way of political philosophy, thus avoiding the generic or imprecise language usage found in a large part of political science literature on identity
  • Test these concepts in the analysis of EU policies that may reveal the world views and the principles upon which EU legislation is based, and whose degree of acceptance on the side of the citizens is an indicator of how far a shared political identity has developed.

Featuring case studies on foreign and environmental policy, biosafety policy, biotechnology regulation, civil society, human rights promotion, as well as studies on the role of memory, space and external views on the process of European identity-building, this book will be of interest to students and researchers of political science, political philosophy, European politics and European Studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415446877
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2008
  • Series: Routledge/GARNET Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Furio Cerutti is Professor of Political Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Florence, Italy.

Sonia Lucarelli is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Politics, University of Bologna, Italy.

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Table of Contents

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Pt. I Theorizing the link between identity and legitimacy 1

1 Why political identity and legitimacy matter in the European Union Furio Cerutti Cerutti, Furio 3

2 European political identity, foreign policy and the Others' image: An underexplored relationship Sonia Lucarelli Lucarelli, Sonia 23

Pt. II Memory and space 43

3 Europe, war and remembrance Chiara Bottici Bottici, Chiara 45

4 Identity and capital cities: European nations and the European Union Goran Therborn Therborn, Goran 59

Pt. III Politics and ethics: the regulation of technology 75

5 Global warming and European political identity Dimitri D'Andrea D'Andrea, Dimitri 77

6 EU food safety policy and public debate Elena Acuti Acuti, Elena 93

7 EU red biotechnology regulation and European values Renata Badh Badh, Renata 108

Pt. IV Social and civil Europe 123

8 The European social model(s) and the self image of Europe Vaia Demertzis Demertzis, Vaia 125

9 The double face of civil society Debora Spini Spini, Debora 142

Pt. V Outside the EU: policies and images 157

10 Human rights promotion Rosa Balfour Balfour, Rosa 159

11 Judicial policies and European enlargement: Building the image of a rule of law promoter Daniela Piana Piana, Daniela 176

12 How do the Others see us? European political identity and the external image of the EU Lorenzo Fioramonti Fioramonti, Lorenzo Sonia Lucarelli Lucarelli, Sonia 193

13 Conclusion Furio Cerutti Cerutti, Furio Sonia Lucarelli Lucarelli, Sonia 211

Index 219

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