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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Introduction: The Stuff of European Studies
Introduction: The stuff of European studies

The introduction to a book that calls itself a ‘Handbook of European Studies’ might be concerned with justifying its existence, explaining why European studies is important, and drawing attention to the ways in which the book illuminates the subject in an innovative way, redefines the field of study, or challenges some embedded orthodoxies. This would be a rather defensive and, I think, oversensitive approach to a subject that as Craig Calhoun pointed out a few years ago is ‘always already there and still in formation’ (Calhoun, 2003). European studies is neither in need of reinvention, nor does its existence need to be justified. What is required, it is argued — and this is the ...

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