A Political Theory of Identity in European Integration: by Catherine Guisan

By Catherine Guisan

This booklet offers a theoretical and ancient exam of the speech and deeds of eu founders.Using a clean and cutting edge process, this monograph connects political conception with concrete political practices in keeping with empirical proof, and theorizes the inner technique of eu reconciliations because it has been skilled via these concerned. The publication attracts upon over a hundred interviews, memoirs, autobiographies and essays of elite and grassroot actors around the historical past of the eu Union, from the founding of the ecu Coal and metal neighborhood in 1950-2 to the 2010 monetary predicament. It introduces the reader to significant modern Western political thinkers, Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor and Paul Ricoeur, and examines how their theories increase the translation of political phenomena resembling ecu integration. As one of many first reports of european thoughts, this technique opens a different window of research to view the advance of the eu neighborhood, and makes a desirable contribution to our figuring out of the political culture born of 60 years of eu integration.A Political thought of id in eu Integration: reminiscence and regulations may be of robust curiosity to scholars and students of ecu politics, modern democratic concept and ecu experiences. Review'Guisan’s research claims a better concentrate on the theoretical implications of her findings for the method of ecu integration, [this] book is very recommended: it proves that it really is nonetheless attainable so as to add new insights and findings to the prevailing literature facing problems with ecu identity.' - Alexander Reinfeldt, Universitat Hamburg, GermanyAbout the AuthorCatherine Guisan is a vacationing Assistant Professor within the division of Political technological know-how on the collage of Minnesota and the writer of Un sens à l'Europe: Gagner l. a. paix (Paris: Odile Jacob, 2003). [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Part III offers some EU leaders’ reflections on the political relevance of the post-WWII reconciliatory experiences for current conflicts. Chapter 3 will discuss two other applications: the first focuses on the search for solutions to conflicts in the Western Balkans, and the second on the attempts to create an EU “memory,” a highly diversified and agonistic exercise. 8 The brief 1950 Schuman Declaration, which made public the French offer to Germany to create jointly with other European countries a European Coal and Steel Community, mentions the words peace and peaceful five times, but not reconciliation.

Men of action, such as Machiavelli, Locke, Burke, and Tocqueville used the pen to comment on the conduct of public affairs. Historically, political foundings seem to result from action by small groups of initiators. I define leadership as Arendt did: the capacity to initiate political action; many of the political actors featured in this work are elected politicians or senior administrators, while others are actively engaged citizens. Even if such testimonies are trustworthy, how to choose among thousands of actors?

30 In 1945 the Western Allies pondered what to do with Germany. They soon abandoned the harsh Morgenthau Plan for the de-industrialization of the country because, at the onset of the Cold War, West Germany needed to be solidly integrated into the Western alliance and to play its part in the economic redevelopment of Europe. With the Marshall Plan the Americans hoped to foster not only European reconstruction, but also integration. But in the late 1940s France was not ready for this step. 31 They refused to merge their occupation zone with the Anglo–American Bizone, although they relented a year later; and they failed to impose on the Ruhr the strict allied control they sought.

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