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Whose Europe?: The Turn Towards Democracy

Whose Europe?: The Turn Towards Democracy

Dennis Smith (Editor), Sue Wright (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-21918-7

Feb 2000, Wiley-Blackwell

270 pages

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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.

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

  • Clear analysis of a highly topical and controversial theme
  • 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.