Europe and World Society offers a distinctive critical approach to understanding European transformations, exploring both the progress and limitations of integration on various key policy areas such as agricultural policy, education reform, migration, and external relations, as well as the relationship between European regionalism and globalization. Due to its innovative theoretical framework, based on macro perspectives including `World Polity Theory', developed by Stanford sociologist John W. Meyer, this collection contributes to both the recent `sociological turn' in European studies, and to the constructivist critiques of rational choice accounts of modern Europe. At a time when the European integration project has been severely challenged by multiple economic, political, and social crises, this book offers a timely, global perspective that sheds light on the dynamism and multiplicity of the actors, discourses, and processes which underlie contemporary Europe. The book's distinctive global approach allows it to move the debate beyond state- and EU-centrism, and establish the `missing link' between Europe and its global context. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.
Chris Rumford is Professor of Political Sociology and Global Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, where he is also co-director of the Centre for Global and Transnational Politics. He is the author of Cosmopolitan Borders (2014), and The Globalization of Strangeness (2013), and the edited collections European Multiplicity (co-edited with Didem Buhari-Gulmez, 2014), and Twenty20 and the Future of Cricket (2012). Didem Buhari-Gulmez is a TUBITAK post-doctoral research fellow at the European Institute-Research on Southeast Europe at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. She co-edited European Multiplicity (with Chris Rumford, 2014), and Global Culture: Consciousness and Connectivity (with Roland Robertson, forthcoming).
1. Locating `World Society' in European Studies Didem Buhari-Gulmez and Chris Rumford 2. Macro-lite: Ways to Understand Europe-Making in the Global Era Barrie Axford 3. The `World-Cultural' Constitution of Regions: Sub-national Regional Mobilization from a World Society Perspective Sebastian M. Buttner 4. Europeanization qua Institutionalization of World Culture: Examples from Post-1989 Romanian Education Simona Szakacs 5. Construction of Migration Policies in the Eastern Neighbourhood of the European Union Shushanik Makaryan 6. Europe and the World: The Problem of the Fourth Wall in EU-ASEAN Norms Promotion Philomena Murray 7. Reflecting the Global? The Common Agricultural Policy and Its Perception in Public Media Discourse Ulrike Zschache 8. The `New' Far Right in Hungary: A Political Psychologist's Perspective Vassilis Petsinis