A political sociology of the European Union: Reassessing constructivism

A political sociology of the European Union: Reassessing constructivism


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ISBN-13: 9781784993948
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jay Rowell is full time researcher in Sociology at the CNRS, University of Strasbourg and Director of the Centre for European Political Sociology (GSPE)

Michel Mangenot is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Strasbourg and Deputy Director of the Centre for European Political Sociology (GSPE)

Table of Contents

Preface: Revitalising EU studies through constructivism - Andy Smith
Introduction: What Europe constructs: Towards a sociological constructivism - Michel Mangenot & Jay Rowell
Part I: The construction of European fields
1. Making top civil servants: Europeaness as an identity and a resource - Marine de Lassalle & Didier Georgakakis
2. The invention and transformation of a governmental body: the Council Secretariat - Michel Mangenot
3. Lawyers as Europe's middlemen: a sociology of litigants pleading before the European Court of Justice (1954-1978) - Christele Marchand & Antoine Vauchez
4. The emergence of 'European' careers in sub-national French administrations - Marine de Lassalle
Part II: The social construction of European problems
5. Constitutional activism and fundamental rights in Europe: common interests through transnational socialisation - Laurent Scheeck
6. The construction of a European interest through legal expertise: property owners associations and the Charter of Fundamental Rights - Hélène Michel
7. A constructivist-institutionalist approach to EU Politics: the case of Protected Geographical Indications for Food - Andy Smith
8. The European Parliament and the politicisation of the European space: the case of the two port packages - Willy Beauvallet
Part III: Constructing reality through policy instruments
9. From integration by law to Europeanisation by numbers: the making of a 'competitive Europe' through intergovernmental benchmarking - Isabelle Bruno
10. From an instrument to the instrumentalisation of 'European opinion' - Philippe Aldrin
11. Expert measurement in the government of Lifelong Learning - Romuald Normand
12. The instrumentation of European disability policy: constructing a policy field with numbers - Jay Rowell

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