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TitleContesting Political Differentiation [electronic resource] : European Division and the Problem of Dominance / by Erik O. Eriksen
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript X, 271 p. 2 illus. online resource


This book discusses the causes and nature of political differentiation in Europe. It deals with the normative problem of differentiated integration, both in its vertical and horizontal dimensions, and addresses the problem of differentiation through a theory of democratic autonomy and dominance. A politically differentiated EU could deprive people of their right to co-determine common affairs and have adverse effects for democratic self-rule. It could also take away the people’s ability to influence political decisions that they are ultimately affected by. This book argues that differentiation is not an innocent instrument for handling conflicts in interconnected contexts. The consequences of what might be a benign plea for sovereignty and independence can in fact lead to the opposite. Erik O. Eriksen is Professor of Political Science and Director of ARENA – Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. His main research fields are political theory, democratic governance, public policy and European integration. His publications include the following books: The Normativity of the European Union (2014) and The European Union’s Non-Members: Independence under Hegemony (co-edited with John Erik Fossum, 2015)


1 Introduction – The predicaments of differentiation -- 2 Autonomy versus arbitrary rule -- Part I: A politically differentiated Europe -- 3 Dimensions of political differentiation in Europe -- 4 Dominance through segmentation -- 5 Hegemony through self-inflicted subservience -- 6 Contested multilateral dominance -- Part II: Overcoming illicit divergence -- 7 Constituting power in Europe -- 8 Structural injustice and the paradigm of solidarity -- 9 Differentiation as a vehicle of integration -- 10 Conclusion

Europe-Politics and government Democracy Political science Regionalism Legislative bodies European Politics. Democracy. Governance and Government. Regionalism. Legislative and Executive Politics.


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