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Integration, Diversity and the Making of a European Public Sphere

Edited by Hakan G. Sicakkan, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway
Based on an extended agonistic pluralism perspective, this book offers a novel notion of a transnational public sphere that goes beyond the questions of whether a European public sphere exists or is possible and instead provides a solid understanding of its key features.
Extent: 272 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78536 090 9
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • European Politics and Policy
  • Public Administration and Management
Based on an extended agonistic pluralism perspective, this book offers a novel notion of a transnational public sphere that goes beyond the questions of whether a European public sphere exists or is possible and instead provides a solid understanding of its key features.

This book offers an alternative concept of European integration based on the idea of integrative and constitutive conflicts. Not only an exploration of the emerging European public sphere, this groundbreaking book also evaluates the outcomes of the EU policies aiming to create it, as well as the trans-European networks’ efforts to become a pan-European civil society. Expert contributors explore the European public sphere’s contribution to democracy and present enhanced empirical knowledge of the role of supranational institutions and pan-European networks in facilitating European integration, thus challenging the liberal intergovernmentalist, neo-functionalist and multi-level governance approaches.

Integration, Diversity and the Making of a European Public Sphere will be of interest to scholars and upper level students of European studies, politics and public policy. Global, regional and national civil society organizations, think tanks and media corporations will also find value in this book.
‘Integration, diversity, and the European public sphere are not just concepts put together in this outstanding book – these are the most burning issues of our time. In the light of the global financial crisis, the crisis of the Eurozone, the refugee crisis and, most recently, the British exit from the European Union, observers might think that crises are the best indicators of the rise of a European public sphere. However, this thought-provoking collection of studies, edited by Hakan G. Sicakkan, offers a much deeper investigation of dimensions of the problem of a European public sphere. This book is an eye opener, and should be read by all who are interested in the future of the European idea.’
– András Bozóki, Central European University, Hungary
Contributors: W. Dressler, D.N. Duru, M. Klicperova-Baker, J. Kostal, M. Mokre, M. Perez, R. Sata, H.G. Sicakkan, H.-J. Trenz, J.H. van de Beek, F. Vermeulen
Contents:

1. An Agonist Pluralism Approach to the European Public Sphere
Hakan G. Sicakkan

2. Europe’s Territorial Transformation, Regions and Diversity: Towards a Common European Public Sphere?
Wanda Dressler

3. European Media Policies and the European Public Sphere
Monika Mokre

4. European State Building, Top-down Elite Alliances and the National Media
Hakan G. Sicakkan

5. Diversity in the Virtual Sphere: Social Media as a Platform for Transnational Encounters
Deniz Neriman Duru and Hans-Jörg Trenz

6. The Contribution of Think Tanks to the Formation of a European Public Sphere
Marybel Perez

7. Protection, Participation and Legitimacy: The European Union’s Public Consultation System and Ethnic and National Minorities
Jan H. van de Beek and Floris Vermeulen

8. Agonistic Politics of the European Parliament: Party and Party Group Alignments and Voting Behavior
Robert Sata

9. Toward Empirical Assessment of the European Demos and Public Sphere: Comparing Democratic Value Orientations of Citizens and Elites
Martina Klicperová-Baker and Jaroslav Koš?ál

10. The Role of EU Policies in the Making of the European Public Sphere
Hakan G. Sicakkan

Index