A Political Sociology of Transnational Europe
By: Niilo Kauppi (author)Paperback
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This volume presents cutting-edge, theoretically ambitious studies in political sociology by first-rate European scholars that deal with some of the major challenges European societies and politics are facing. These have to do with globalisation and complex Europeanisation, which have contributed to restructuring the European nation-state and redefining political power. Accounting for these transformations requires revisiting traditional objects of political science such as state sovereignty, civil society and citizenship. While doing this, the studies of this volume join sophisticated empirical analyses with methodological and conceptual innovations such as field theory, multiple correspondence analysis and the study of space sets. Combining qualitative and quantitative research techniques and macro- and micro-levels, they have in common a contextual analysis of politics through scrutiny of configurations of groups, representations and perceptions in an increasingly transnational space. A transnational perspective that seeks to avoid methodological nationalism is present in all the studies of this volume.Endorsement "Social science considerations of Europe and European integration have been colonised by 'new institutionalisms,' whether the rational choice version that mimics economics or the alternative 'historical' variety, both rooted in Anglophone debates.
Political sociology has been relatively absent, alas, partly because sociology has been fragmented by national concerns and multiple social problem orientations. A Political Sociology of Transnational Europe is a splendid launching pad for the intellectual game change that is needed. The book brings together an all-star international cast of political sociologists who present refreshing and different approaches that elucidate much about today's unprecedented crisis conditions in Europe. In practically every essay we learn that the world of politics is much more than national institutions and that analysing it demands much more than national state-centered theories and methods can give us." George Ross, ad personam Jean Monnet Chair at the Universite de Montreal, Morris Hillquit Professor emeritus at Brandeis University, and, Faculty associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University
Kauppi's research interests range from European integration and reforms of the European university to intellectual radicalism and social theory. His publications include Democracy, Social Resources and Political Power in the European Union (Manchester University Press, 2005) and Radicalism in French Culture: A Sociology of French Theory in the 1960s (Ashgate, 2010) and numerous articles in journals such as Comparative European Politics, Scandinavian Political Studies, Politique europeenne, International Political Sociology and Theory and Society. A member of the Executive Committee of the ECPR, Kauppi is co-convenor of the ECPR Standing Group in Political Sociology.
Chapter 1. Introduction. Niilo Kauppi Part 1. European Social Movements Chapter 2. Contentious EU politics: A comparative analysis of protest campaigns. Donatella della Porta and Louisa Parks Chapter 3. The European lobbying space and the European Transparency Initiative. For a sociological approach of interest groups. Helene Michel Chapter 4. Fighting Together. Assessing Continuity and Change in Social Movement Organizations Through the Study of Constituencies' Heterogeneity. Olivier Fillieule and Philippe Blanchard Part 2. The European Nation-State Chapter 5. Borders, Mobility and Security. Didier Bigo Chapter 6. Setting the Policy Agenda for Higher Education Reform: Global University Rankings, European Union and OECD. Tero Erkkila and Niilo Kauppi Chapter 7. European Integration and Human Rights. Mikael Rask Madsen Part 3. European Elites and Citizens Chapter 8. On the National and Ideological Background of Elites' Attitudes toward European Institutions. Daniel Gaxie and Nicolas Hube Chapter 9. Europeans' Space-Sets and the Political Legitimacy of the EU. Ettore Recchi and Theresa Kuhn Chapter 10. Parallel Lives: Social Comparison Across National Boundaries. Jonathan White Chapter 11. Making European Citizens? Evaluating the Integrative Force of History Teaching. Stefan Seidendorf
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