The Politics of Everyday Europe: Constructing Authority in the European Union

Hardcover | June 3, 2015

byKathleen R. McNamara

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How do political authorities build support for themselves and their rule? Doing so is key to accruing power, but it can be a complicated affair. The European Union, as a novel political entity, faces a particularly difficult set of challenges. The Politics of Everyday Europe argues that thelegitimation of EU authority rests in part on a transformation in the symbols and practices of everyday life in Europe. The Single Market and the Euro, European citizenship and the dismantling of borders within Europe, EU public architecture, arts and popular entertainment, and EU diplomacy and foreign policy are important not only for their material effects but for how they change peoples' day-to-day experiences andnaturalize European governance. The modern nation-state has long used similar strategies to legitimize its political power. But the EU's cultural infrastructure is unique, as it navigates national identities with a particularly banality, framing the EU as complementary to, rather than in competitionwith, the nation-states. These underlying social processes have supported the surprising political development of the EU, but they do so in a way that makes EU authority inherently fragile. As economic and political crises have stretched European social solidarity to the breaking point, this book offers a clear theoretical framework for understanding both the power of everyday culture, and its limits, in legitimating the EU

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How do political authorities build support for themselves and their rule? Doing so is key to accruing power, but it can be a complicated affair. The European Union, as a novel political entity, faces a particularly difficult set of challenges. The Politics of Everyday Europe argues that thelegitimation of EU authority rests in part on ...

Kathleen R. McNamara is an Associate Professor of Government and Foreign Service, and Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of The Currency of Ideas: Monetary Politics in the European Union (Cornell University Press, 1998), co-editor of Making History: European Integration...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:June 3, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198716230

ISBN - 13:9780198716235

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. How to Construct a Social Fact3. Technologies of Cultural Construction4. Buildings, Spectacles, and Songs5. Citizenship and Mobility6. The Euro and the Single Market7. European Foreign Policy8. Conclusion