Difference and Democracy : Exploring Potentials in Europe and Beyond

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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As Europe becomes increasingly diverse, understanding the effects of differences among citizens within European democracy crucial. The contributors to Difference and Democracytake a novel interdisciplinary approach to this important dimension of social interaction, drawing on political science, sociology, communications studies, legal studies, and art history. Contrary to alarmist accounts of difference in Europe, these essays explore its potentially positive impact, outlining the conditions under which differences could lead to effective and legitimate political action.

Table of Contents

Kolja Raubep. 9
Analytical Model
The Concept of Differencep. 15
Difference and Democracy
The Future of Democracyp. 49
Comment: An Alternative View on Democratic Governance Beyond the Nation-Statep. 67
Comment: Difference and Democracy from the Constitutional Law Perspectivep. 77
Comment: The Sustainability of Democracy-An Examination on the Basis of Leading Differencesp. 83
Difference and Europe
Towards a Reflexive External Governance of the European Unionp. 101
Comment: The Concept of Difference and its Potential for Research in Political Sciencep. 127
Comment: Small States and Differences in the European Union-Putting Forward or Paralyzing the Integration?p. 141
Comment: Reflections on the Concept of a Reflexive European Union External Governancep. 147
Difference and Globalization
Thinking Islamic Difference in Pluralistic Democraciesp. 159
Comment: The New Cosmopolitanism. The (Right) Way to Cope with Difference in a Globalizing Societyp. 183
Comment: The Troubles with Standardization of Cultural Differencesp. 197
Comment: Different Potentials of Difference in the Balkans- A Paradigmatic Analysisp. 211
Difference and Law
Managing Difference: Constitutional Pluralism and Transnational Rights Protectionp. 227
Comment: Contesting the Management of Difference-Transnational Human Rights, Religion and the European Court of Human Rights' Lautsi Decisionp. 245
Comment: Global Constitutionalism and the Concept of Differencep. 261
Comment: Law, Difference and Transnational Norm Building Under a Shared Watercourse Treaty-The International Court of Justice and Environmental Impact Statementsp. 277
Difference and Public Sphere
Difference as Basic Component of Mediated Communication in (European) Public Spheresp. 291
Comment: Public Spheres in Europep. 307
Comment: Difference as Structural Characteristic and Catalyst of European Public Spheresp. 315
Comment: Belonging and Engagement-Benefits of Difference on European Union Issues in Europe's Public Spheresp. 327
Difference and Art Difference and Democracy: Artp. 341
Comment: Difference Between Democracy and Art Beyond Visual Artsp. 355
Comment: Art is Difference…Even if this is no Longer Readily Perceptiblep. 361
Comment: Difference and Indifference Between Art Avant-Gardes and Democratic Politicsp. 369
Exploring Potentials of Difference in Europe and Beyondp. 379
Contributing Authorsp. 389
Indexp. 395
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