The Europe of Elites: A Study into the Europeanness of Europe's Political and Economic Elites by Heinrich BestThe Europe of Elites: A Study into the Europeanness of Europe's Political and Economic Elites by Heinrich Best

The Europe of Elites: A Study into the Europeanness of Europe's Political and Economic Elites

EditorHeinrich Best, Gyorgy Lengyel, Luca Verzichelli

Hardcover | March 29, 2012

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It has been widely acknowledged that the process of European integration and unification was started and is still pursued as an elite project, designed to put an end to debilitating conflicts and rivalries by consolidating a common power base and by pooling Europe's economic resources.Nevertheless elites have remained the known unknowns of the European integration process. The present volume is designed to change this. Based on surveys of political and economic elites in 18 European countries, it is a comprehensive study of the visions, fears, cognitions and values of members ofnational parliaments and top business leaders underlying their attitudes towards European integration. It also investigates political and economic elites' embeddedness in transnational networks and their ability to communicate in multicultural settings. The book strongly supports the view of an elitist character of the process of European integration on the one hand, while challenging the idea that European national elites have merged or are even merging into a coherent Eurelite on the other. As the 11 chapters of this book show the process ofEuropean integration is much more colourful and even contradictory than concepts of a straight forward normative and structural integration suggest. In particular this process is deeply rooted in, and conditional on, the social and political settings in national contexts. The empirical basis forthis book is provided by the data of the international IntUne project, which has for the first time created a comprehensive database combining coordinated surveys of Europe-related attitudes at the elite and general population level.
Heinrich Best is Co-Director of the multidisciplinary Collaborative Research Centre 'Social Development after Structural Change: Discontinuity, Tradition and the Emergence of New Structures' funded by the German Science Foundation and was Co-director of the Scientific Network 'European Political Elites in Comparison: The Long Road to C...
Title:The Europe of Elites: A Study into the Europeanness of Europe's Political and Economic ElitesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:March 29, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. H. Best, G. Lengyel, and L. Verzichelli: European Integration as an Elite Project: An Introduction2. M. Cotta and F. Russo: Europe a la Carte? European Citizenship and its Dimensions from the Perspective of National Elites3. N. Hube and L. Verzichelli: Ready to Run Europe? Perspectives of a Supranational Career Among EU National Elites4. J. Real-Dato, B. Goncz and G. Lengyel: National Elites' Preferences on the Europeanization of Policy-Making5. I. Matonyte and V. Morkevicius: The Other Side of European Identity: Elite Perceptions of Threats to a Cohesive Europe6. D. Gaxie and N. Hube: Elites' Views on European Institutions: National Experiences Sifted Through Ideological Orientations7. M. Lazic, M. Jerez-Mir, V. Vuletic and R. Vazquez-Garcia: Patterns of Regional Diversity in Political Elite Attitudes8. W. C. Muller, M. Jenny and A. Ecker: The Elites-Masses Gap in European Integration9. N. Conti: Party Elites and the Domestic Discourse on the EU10. H. Best: Elite Foundations of European Integration: A Causal Analysis11. H. Best: Elites of Europe and the Europe of Elites: A ConclusionG. Lengyel and S. Jahr: Appendix - Surveying Elites: Experiences from the IntUne Elite SurveyBibliographyIndex