Description - Discourse Theory in European Politics by David R. Howarth
This volume of essays employs discourse theory to analyze mainstream topics in contemporary European politics. Inspired by developments in post-structuralist, psychoanalytic and post-Marxist theory, each contributor problematizes a central issue in European governance, including European security, Third Way politics, constitutional and administrative reform, new forms of nationalism and populism, the shift from welfare to workfare, environmental politics and local government. Alongside these substantive issues, the book tackles questions raised by the difficulties of applying discourse theory to empirical cases.
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Author Biography - David R. Howarth
David Howarth is a Lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Government at the University of Essex, where he is currently Director of the Masters Programme in Ideology and Discourse Analysis. He has recently published a book entitled Discourse (2000) and has co-edited books entitled South Africa in Transition: New Theoretical Perspectives (1998) and Discourse Theory and Political Analysis (2000). He has published numerous articles and chapters on theories on discourse, post-Marxist political theory and its application to empirical cases, most notably South African politics and new environmental movements. Jacob Torfing is a Professor in Politics and Institutions at Roskilde University, Denmark. He is currently working on discourse theory, welfare reform and the democratic implications of new forms of governance. His books include New Theories of Discourse (1999) and Politics, Regulation and the Modern Welfare State (1995). He is co-founder of the Danish Centre for Discourse Theory and Director of the Centre for Democratic Network Governance. He has published several articles and books on discourse theory and its use in political science.