A Political Theory of Identity in European Integration: by Catherine Guisan

By Catherine Guisan

This ebook presents a theoretical and ancient exam of the speech and deeds of ecu founders.Using a clean and leading edge method, this monograph connects political concept with concrete political practices in accordance with empirical facts, and theorizes the inner means of eu reconciliations because it has been skilled via these concerned. The booklet attracts upon over a hundred interviews, memoirs, autobiographies and essays of elite and grassroot actors around the background of the eu Union, from the founding of the eu Coal and metal neighborhood in 1950-2 to the 2010 monetary challenge. It introduces the reader to significant modern Western political thinkers, Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor and Paul Ricoeur, and examines how their theories increase the translation of political phenomena comparable to ecu integration. As one of many first reviews of european stories, this technique opens a special window of study to view the advance of the ecu neighborhood, and makes a desirable contribution to our figuring out of the political culture born of 60 years of eu integration.A Political concept of identification in eu Integration: reminiscence and guidelines should be of sturdy curiosity to scholars and students of eu politics, modern democratic concept and european reviews. Review'Guisan’s research claims a better concentrate on the theoretical implications of her findings for the method of ecu integration, [this] book is very recommended: it proves that it truly is nonetheless attainable so as to add new insights and findings to the prevailing literature facing problems with ecu identity.' - Alexander Reinfeldt, Universitat Hamburg, GermanyAbout the AuthorCatherine Guisan is a vacationing Assistant Professor within the division of Political technological know-how on the collage of Minnesota and the writer of Un sens à l'Europe: Gagner l. a. paix (Paris: Odile Jacob, 2003). [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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But what documents should we trust? ” Storytelling is one form of thinking that does not trump acting. ”60 Selection of testimonies is the historian’s prerogative. 61 If there is a certain naïveté in recalling stories about European integration as their heroes tell them – such narratives are always in part self-justificatory acts – the words of major political actors may provide us with some of the most politically salient contemporary political theory. This is, of course, nothing new. Men of action, such as Machiavelli, Locke, Burke, and Tocqueville used the pen to comment on the conduct of public affairs.

And, until the 1960s, there were few popular debates about guilt and responsibility for the crimes perpetrated during WWII in any of the countries involved. What matters here is that some chose to assume responsibility on both the victims and perpetrators’ side (and in the latter case to offer sizable compensations). ” He called for a federal Europe in which a confederal Germany would be integrated. 38 Assuming some responsibility for the conflict need not negate German guilt and responsibility for WWII, but it made it psychologically and politically feasible to include the perpetrator on an equal footing in 1950.

Power as action in concert deploys its effects at the second juncture, the negotiations and ratification of the Treaties of Rome creating the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) (1955–7). The third setting is framed by 21 treaties of accession with candidate countries (1973–2007), which manifest a certain commitment to recognition of the Other. The fourth setting is situated at the turn of the century when two Conventions with a majority of elected representatives proposed the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe (2004).

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