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Cultural diversity, European identity and the legitimacy of by Dieter Fuchs, Hans-Dieter Klingemann

By Dieter Fuchs, Hans-Dieter Klingemann

On account of quite a few rounds of european enlargements, the measure of cultural variety in Europe has intensified - a phenomenon that is more and more perceived as complex by means of many european voters. This interesting e-book not just empirically explores the present nation of the id and the legitimacy of the european as seen by way of its voters, but additionally evaluates their attitudes in the direction of it.

The specialist members exhibit that the improvement of a ecu id and a typical ecu tradition is a prerequisite for ecu integration; that ecu id and a typical political tradition won't advance quickly yet emerge slowly, and that the beginnings of a ecu identification and a typical ecu tradition are at the moment rising. the jobs of civil society enterprises and political events are tested inside this context, and an explanatory version with subjective predictors of the attitudes in the direction of the european is proven. The empirical research is underpinned by means of a theoretical framework incorporating operational definitions and conceptual dialogue of legitimacy and id.

This fascinating and thought-provoking e-book should be of serious curiosity to lecturers, researchers and scholars concentrating on political technology and diplomacy

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See Majone (2005, p. 37). ). Another viewpoint is proposed by Fuchs et al. (2009). On the basis of an elaborate empirical analysis their study concludes that currently there exists a pronounced European identity, nonetheless it remains an open question how resistant it is. 18. The expression was originally coined by Giandomenico Majone. See for instance Majone (1998, pp. 5–28). On the other hand, a fairly extensive literature subsequently developed around the idea of an alleged threatening ‘superstate in the making’, most prominently announced by Larry Siedentop (2000) in a book called Democracy in Europe, which remains one of the most vibrant exposés of the ‘no-democracy’ thesis.

Through comparison of the similarities and differences between the own group and other groups, a demarcation between inside and outside is performed. This, in turn, is crucial for deciding who is included and who is excluded. 37 A theoretical framework Marilynn B. Brewer (2001, p. 119) extends the term social identity by adding the notion of collective identity: social identity theory is primarily concerned with a process by which such groupself representations are formed rather than the meaning attached to specific group identities.

9. European Union. Report by Mr Leo Tindemans, Prime Minister of Belgium, to the European Council. Bulletin of the European Communities, Supplement 1/76, p. 26. 10. See Part IV of the report, entitled ‘A Citizen’s Europe’, in which Tindemans details reforms on the protection of fundamental rights and consumer rights, and devotes a section to the protection of the environment. The Tindemans report did not directly result in specific reforms, however, and after being discussed through 1976 and 1977, it was then shelved and mostly abandoned.

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