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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.

Institutionalizing Democracy: Facing up to a Common Future
Institutionalizing democracy: Facing up to a common future

Recent developments in the European Union (EU) raise the question of what kind of Europe we want or, indeed, need. Underlying this ever-topical issue is how to transform the present-day EU into a political community of free and equal citizens, thus bringing about a dynamic equilibrium between the parallel demands for ‘unity in diversity’ or for ‘synarchy in heterarchy’. All this occurs against the background of a profound political crisis, created by the rejection of the constitutional treaty by the French and Dutch electorates. Although the addition of ‘reform’ to the title of any EU-related analysis makes the work appear more relevant, any attempt at sketching out a comprehensive reform ...

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