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Europeanism /
John McCormick.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
description
xiii, 251 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0199556210 (hbk.), 9780199556212 (hbk.)
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
isbn
0199556210 (hbk.)
9780199556212 (hbk.)
contents note
The idea of Europe -- The redefinition of Europe -- The state: decline and reinvention -- Politics: the parliamentary model -- Society: quality over quantity -- Values: multicultural and secular -- Europe in the world: towards perpetual peace -- Conclusions: united in diversity.
catalogue key
7149398
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-06-01:
This well-argued and optimistic effort poses a critical question: does contemporary Europe have a common meta-narrative that encompasses a critical mass of common understandings of political, economic, social, and cultural values and goals that has resulted in a state of Europeanism? In other words, is there a generalized civilizational vision, although still blurry, that is shared throughout Europe, particularly western Europe? McCormick (Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis) answers in the affirmative and presents impressive statistics and subtle impressionistic analyses that reveal a Europe that has, since WW II, created a unique political arrangement that has transcended narrow nationalism and prioritized soft power over hard power via the creation of the EU and corresponding policies that have resulted in a level of political and economic integration and cooperation unprecedented in world history. Moreover, this recent evolution has been marked by social and cultural changes that have brought secularism, trust in the state, welfarism, market skepticism, military restraint and multilateralism, and multicultural tolerance. Although impressive and convincing, the book leaves the reader considering whether the recent economic collapses in Europe and the conflicts with Muslim immigrants can be resolved successfully over the next decade. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. S. Majstorovic University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
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a timely attempt to understand the uniqueness of the European project...Anyone willing to embark on the quest for a positive definition of 'Europeanism' will find McCormick's book fruitful reading.
deliberately provocative and enticingly concise... [McCormick] is the most articulate and politically informed of a new breed of "Euro-prophets" engaged in locating and promoting the principles underlying the European project.
"deliberately provocative and enticingly concise... [McCormick] is the most articulate and politically informed of a new breed of "Euro-prophets" engaged in locating and promoting the principles underlying the European project." - William Biebuyck, Journal of Contemporary European Studies "a timely attempt to understand the uniqueness of the European project...Anyone willing to embark on the quest for a positive definition of 'Europeanism' will find McCormick's book fruitful reading." - Alexander Strelkov, Journal of Common Market Studies "This is an important contribution to the European integration literature specifically because of its comprehensive examination of almost all European values. The book addresses how these individual aspects and components come together to form a collective vision." - Meltem Mütüler-Baç, West European Politics
This is an important contribution to the European integration literature specifically because of its comprehensive examination of almost all European values. The book addresses how these individual aspects and components come together to form a collective vision.
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Long Description
In Europeanism the author attempts to identify and outline the political, economic, and social norms and values associated with Europe and Europeans. He argues that regardless of the doubts associated with the exercise of European integration and the work of the European Union, and regardless of residual identities with states and nations, Europeans have much in common. Opening chapters deal with the historical development of European ideas, and are followed by chaptersaddressing European attitudes toward the state (including a rejection of state-based nationalism, new ideas about patriotism and citizenship, and the importance of cosmopolitanism), the characteristics of politics and government in Europe (with an emphasis on communitarianism and the effects of theparliamentary system of government), European economic models (including the importance of welfarism and sustainable development), European social models, European attitudes towards values such as multiculturalism and secularism, and Europeanist views in regard to international relations (emphasizing civilian power and multiculturalism).
Main Description
In Europeanism the author attempts to identify and outline the political, economic, and social norms and values associated with Europe and Europeans. He argues that regardless of the doubts associated with the exercise of European integration and the work of the European Union, and regardless of residual identities with states and nations, Europeans have much in common.
Main Description
In Europeanism the author attempts to identify and outline the political, economic, and social norms and values associated with Europe and Europeans. It argues that regardless of the doubts associated with the exercise of European integration and the work of the European Union, and regardless of residual identities with states and nations, Europeans have much in common. Opening chapters deal with the historical development of European ideas, and arefollowed by chapters addressing European attitudes toward the state (including a rejection of state-based nationalism, new ideas about patriotism and citizenship, and the importance of cosmopolitanism), the characteristics of politics and government in Europe (with an emphasis on communitarianism and the effectsof the parliamentary system of government), European economic models (including the importance of welfarism and sustainable development), European social models, European attitudes towards values such as multiculturalism and secularism, and Europeanist views in regard to international relations (emphasizing civilian power and multiculturalism).

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