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Politicising Europe
Integration and Mass Politics

Edgar Grande, Swen Hutter, Martin Dolezal, Regina Becker, Daniela Braun, Alena Kerscher, Johan Hellström, Simon Maag, Hanspeter Kriesi
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  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107568303


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  • Politicising Europe presents the most comprehensive contribution to empirical research on politicisation to date. The study is innovative in both conceptual and empirical terms. Conceptually, the contributors develop and apply a new index and typology of politicisation. Empirically, the volume presents a huge amount of original data, tracing politicisation in a comparative perspective over more than forty years. Focusing on six European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK) from the 1970s to the current euro crisis, the book examines conflicts over Europe in election campaigns, street protests, and public debates on every major step in the integration process. It shows that European integration has indeed become politicised. However, the patterns and developments differ markedly across countries and arenas, and many of the key hypotheses on the driving forces of change need to be revisited in view of new findings.

    • Develops and applies a new index and typology of politicisation
    • Constructed from a huge amount of new original data focusing on Austria, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, over a period of more than forty years
    • Puts the controversies on the current euro crisis in a long-term and comparative perspective
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107568303
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus. 48 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theory and Methods:
    1. Introduction: European integration and the challenge of politicisation Edgar Grande and Swen Hutter
    2. Exploring politicisation: design and methods Martin Dolezal, Edgar Grande and Swen Hutter
    Part II. Mapping the Politicisation of European Integration:
    3. The politicisation of Europe in public debates on major integration steps Edgar Grande and Swen Hutter
    4. Is the giant still asleep? The politicisation of Europe in the national electoral arena Edgar Grande and Swen Hutter
    5. Protesting European integration: politicisation from below? Martin Dolezal, Swen Hutter and Regina Becker
    Part III. Driving Forces and Consequences of Politicisation:
    6. Constitutive issues as driving forces of politicisation? Swen Hutter, Daniela Braun and Alena Kerscher
    7. The radical right as driving force in the electoral arena? Martin Dolezal and Johan Hellström
    8. Framing Europe: are cultural-identitarian frames driving politicisation? Edgar Grande, Swen Hutter, Alena Kerscher and Regina Becker
    9. Politicisation, conflicts and the structuring of the EU political space Simon Maag and Hanspeter Kriesi
    10. The euro crisis: a boost to the politicisation of European integration? Hanspeter Kriesi and Edgar Grande
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    11. Conclusions: the postfunctionalists were (almost) right Edgar Grande and Hanspeter Kriesi
    Methodological appendix: measuring politicisation, benchmarks and data Swen Hutter.

  • Editors

    Swen Hutter, European University Institute, Florence
    Swen Hutter is a postdoctoral research fellow at the European University Institute.

    Edgar Grande, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
    Edgar Grande holds the Chair in Comparative Politics at the University of Munich.

    Hanspeter Kriesi, European University Institute, Florence
    Hanspeter Kriesi holds the Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics at the European University Institute.


    Edgar Grande, Swen Hutter, Martin Dolezal, Regina Becker, Daniela Braun, Alena Kerscher, Johan Hellström, Simon Maag, Hanspeter Kriesi

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