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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.

Citizenship, Democracy and the Public Sphere
Citizenship, democracy and the public sphere

Modern democracy has been intrinsically linked to the democratic nation-state. No account of democracy in contemporary Europe can ignore the close association that has existed for centuries in Europe between the state as an organizational form, the nation as a mode of community, and democracy. (Western) Europe is the cradle of the modern nation state and the system of states (which is often referred to as the Westphalian system, from the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648). As such, there is no question that the modern configuration of nation-state-based democracy can trace much of its lineage back to Europe. Even the American democratic revolution, and the central role played by the US in the development ...

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