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The Europe of elites [electronic resource] : a study into the Europeanness of Europe's political and economic elites /
edited by Heinrich Best, György Lengyel and Luca Verzichelli.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
description
xx, 293 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
019960231X (hbk.), 9780199602315 (hbk.)
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Book
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
isbn
019960231X (hbk.)
9780199602315 (hbk.)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8494694
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is a comprehensive study of how European political and economic leaders think and feel about Europe and about what course future European integration should take.
Long Description
A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via www.oup.com/uk as well as the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license and is part of the OAPEN-UK research project. 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 Europeancountries, it is a comprehensive study of the visions, fears, cognitions and values of members of national parliaments and top business leaders underlying their attitudes towards European integration. It also investigates political and economic elites' embeddedness in transnational networks and their abilityto 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 of European integration is much more colourful and even contradictory than concepts of a straight forward normative and structural integration suggest. Inparticular this process is deeply rooted in, and conditional on, the social and political settings in national contexts. The empirical basis for this book is provided by the data of the international IntUne project, which has for the first time created a comprehensive database combining coordinated surveys ofEurope-related attitudes at the elite and general population level.
Long Description
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 18European countries, it is a comprehensive study of the visions, fears, cognitions and values of members of national parliaments and top business leaders underlying their attitudes towards European integration. It also investigates political and economic elites' embeddedness in transnational networks andtheir 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 of European integration is much more colourful and even contradictory than concepts of a straight forward normative and structural integrationsuggest. In particular this process is deeply rooted in, and conditional on, the social and political settings in national contexts. The empirical basis for this book is provided by the data of the international IntUne project, which has for the first time created a comprehensive database combiningcoordinated surveys of Europe-related attitudes at the elite and general population level.
Main Description
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 of national 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 thatEuropean 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 of European 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 for this 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.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
The Europe of Elites is the first comprehensive study about how European political and economic leaders think and feel about Europe and about what course future European integration should take.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiv
List of Contributorsp. XV
Acknowledgementsp. xix
Introduction: European integration as an elite projectp. 1
Europe à la carte? European citizenship and its dimensions from the perspective of national elitesp. 14
Ready to run Europe? Perspectives of a supranational career among EU national elitesp. 43
National elites' preferences on the Europeanization of policy makingp. 67
The other side of European identity: elite perceptions of threats to a cohesive europep. 94
Elites' views on European institutions: national experiences sifted through ideological orientationsp. 122
Patterns of regional diversity in political elites' attitudesp. 147
The elites-masses gap in European integrationp. 167
Party elites and the domestic discourse on the EUp. 192
Elite foundations of European integration: a causal analysisp. 208
Elites of Europe and the Europe of elites: a conclusionp. 234
Appendix. Surveying elites: information on the study design and field report of the IntUne elite surveyp. 242
Referencesp. 269
Indexp. 285
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