Europe's Prolonged Crisis The Making or the Unmaking of a Political Union

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  • Copyright: 2015-07-29
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This volume outlines a political sociology of crisis in Europe, focusing on state and society transformations in the context of the 2008 financial and monetary crisis and its aftermath in Europe. Dysfunctions of the market and the European economic and monetary system pose severe challenges to the legitimacy of political order at national, European and global level. In this collection, the contributors investigate how the crisis undermines the integrity of political institutions and democratic government at EU and member state level, and analyse how the experiences of social deprivation are translated into political conflict and cleavages across the European space. Evidence is provided for how the return of redistributive conflicts correlates with a 'new politics of identity', nationalism, regionalism and expressions of Euroscepticism. Crisis affects patterns of social exclusion but, as this book reveals, it can also activate social networks and impacts on new forms of solidarity, which are emerging locally and transnationally.

Author Biography

Hans-Jörg Trenz is Professor at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and adjunct Professor at ARENA, Centre for European Studies of University of Oslo, Norway. His main research interests are in the areas of media, communication and the public sphere, civil society, European civilization and identity, political sociology and democracy.

Carlo Ruzza is Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Trento, Italy. His research interests focus upon civil society, social movements, right-wing parties and the process of European integration.

Virginie Guiraudon is a Research Director at Centre d'études européennes de Sciences Po, Paris. Her main interests lie in the comparative politics of immigration and citizenship and also include European integration and transnational mobilization. She sits on the board of various journals such as Comparative European Politics and the European Journal for Political Research.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Eurocrisis: Contributions from political sociology;
Hans-Jörg Trenz, Carlo Ruzza and Virginie Guiraudon

Part 1. State/society relations
1.Not Just Singing the Blues: Dynamics of the EU Crisis;
Dennis Smith
2.The crisis and the question of de-parliamentarisation in Europe; John-Erik Fossum
3.Constitutional alternatives to the crisis: A political sociological approach to European 'anti-politics';
Paul Blokker

Part 2: European Crisis and the development of social resilience
4.Eurocrisis and EU citizenship;
Espen D. H. Olsen
5.Individual and Collective Responses to Crisis: An Analytical Framework for the Study of Social Resilience;
Juan Díez Medrano
6.Bad times, good times to move? The changing landscape of intra-EU migration;
Ettore Recchi and Justyna Salamonska

Part 3: Participation, protest and the role of the media
7.Organised civil society, participation and citizenship in Europe. The impact of the economic and social crisis;
Thomas Boje
8.Crisis, advocacy and discrimination;
Carlo Ruzza
9.Crisis and Contention in Europe: A Political Process Account of Anti-Austerity Protests;
Marcos Ancelovici
10.A Media Perspective on European Crises;
Mai'a K. Davis Cross and Xinru Ma:
11.The European crisis and the media: media autonomy, public perceptions and new forms of political engagement;
Asimina Michailidou and Hans-Jörg Trenz
12.The Populist Radical Right in Europe: A Xenophobic Voice in the Global Economic Crisis;
Dietmar Loch and Ov Cristian Norocel

Afterword: The crisis of Europe – a case of creative destruction: Descandalizing the crisis of Europe as an experimental case of social evolution;
Klaus Eder

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