The European Union and the Public Sphere
A Communicative Space in the Making?
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European Union and the Public Sphere by John Erik Fossum
Book DescriptionThe European Union is often attacked for its 'democratic deficit', namely its deficiencies in representation, transparency and accountability, as well as its lack of popular support. Can these shortcomings be counteracted by the development of a viable European public sphere? This book assesses the possible formation of a communicative space that might enable and engender the creation of a transnational or a supranational public. The contributors consider the EU's democratic credentials and how well it communicates, and they also evaluate the major institutions and their links to general publics. The European Union and the Public Sphere emphasizes a 'deliberative democratic' perspective on the public sphere, addressing some key questions: * What are the prospects for a European public sphere? * Should we think in terms of the EU having a single public sphere, or are overlapping public spheres a more viable option? * What do this book's findings on the question of the public sphere tell us about the EU as a political entity? Students and scholars of European democracy, political communication, and the politics of institutions will all be greatly interested by this book.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415479653
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Erik Fossum
European Union and the Public Sphere, Hardback (March 2006)
The European Union is often attacked for its 'democratic deficit', namely its deficiencies in representation, transparency, accountability and lack of popular support. This book assesses the possible formation of a communicative space that might enable and engender the creation of a transnational or a supranational public.
Developing a Constitution for Europe, Paperback (May 2005)» View all books by John Erik Fossum
The European Union is in the midst of a comprehensive process of reform and the aim of this book is to address the challenge of forging a legitimate Constitution for the EU.
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Author Biography - John Erik Fossum
John Erik Fossum is Professor of Political Science at ARENA, Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo, and Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway. Philip Schlesinger is Professor of Cultural Policy in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies and Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow, UK.
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