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Whose Europe?: The Turn Towards Democracy

Dennis Smith (Editor), Sue Wright (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-21918-7
270 pages
February 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of democracy. How can the European Union be made more democratic? In whose Europe, a team of international scholars identifies barriers to further democratisation, explore potential bridges to greater democratic participation, and analyse the long term social processes shaping the new Europe.
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Table of Contents

Prologue vii
John Rex

The Turn towards democracy 1
Dennis Smith and Sue Wright


Our ‘common European home’ – but who owns the house? 21
John Markoff

Language, autonomy and national identity in Catalonia 48
Charlotte Hoffman

A community that can communicate? The linguistic factor in European integration 79
Sue Wright

Third country nationals as European citizens: the case defended 104
Andreas Follesdal


The European public sphere and the deficit of democracy 125
Reiner Grundmann

Extending ethnolinguistic democracy in Europe: the case of Wales 147
Stephen May

Towards a post-national polity: the emergence of the Network Society in Europe 173
Barrie Axford and Richard Huggins

Citizenship and human rights – particular and universal worlds and the prospects for European citizenship 207
David Jary


Making Europe – processes of Europe-formation since 1945 235
Dennis Smith

National pride and the meaning of Europe: a compative study of Britain and Spain 257
Pablo Jáuregui

Democracy in Eastern Europe as a civilizing process 288
Harald Wydra

Notes on Contributors 311

Index 315

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  • A well-integrated text drawing on the perspectives of sociology, history, sociolinguistics and political theory
  • Highly focused but wide-ranging: themes include citizenship, language, devolution, and the EU's relations with the United States and Eastern Europe.
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