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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.

Network Europe and the Information Society
Network Europe and the information society

The idea of ‘Network Europe’ remains a challenge to much received wisdom about the construction of European spaces of governance and sociality. For as well as promising a ‘relativization of scale’ through connectivity (Jessop, 2000), arguably, networks constitute a new form of social organization. As Amin has noted, ‘The growing routinization of global network practices manifest through mobility and connectivity signals a perforation of scalar and territorial forms of social organization. This subverts any ontology of territorial containment and scalar nesting’ (2002: 395). Conventional scales such as the territorial state, as well as other bounded spaces, become links or nodes in wider networks. On the wilder shores of possibility, networks constitute sociospatial forms in ...

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