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Critical European Studies


About the Series

European Studies as a field of academic inquiry is often conflated with European Union Studies. The result is that many significant trends, processes, and events pertaining to Europe as a whole are not given adequate critical analysis. The Critical European Studies Series aims at filling this gap. Critical European Studies will have a strong grounding in many fields of research in its effort to introduce critical analyses to the study of Europe and the EU that shall be rooted in a broad spectrum of theoretical perspectives. Approaches based upon historiographical, sociological, linguistic, anthropological, post-colonial, ethnographic, philosophical, post-structuralist, feminist, etc. perspectives are particularly welcome, since these frameworks only receive sporadic attention. Without putting into question the value of specific policy approaches, although individual studies in the series might undertake this task, the Critical European Studies book series attempts to bring together alternative approaches to critical analyses of European politics (including European Union politics), while overcoming disciplinary borders and paradigms. Behind this scholarly enterprise stands an enthusiastic embrace of the project and accomplishments of the European Union, but we perceive the EU and European Union Studies in need to consider many different critical correctives of its political ideas and ideals.

The series is edited by Yannis Stivachtis, Virginia Tech.
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Editorial Board

József BOROCZ (Rutgers University, USA) Thomas DIEZ (University of Tuebingen, Germany) Annica KRONSELL (Lund University, Sweden) Timothy W. LUKE (Virginia Tech, USA) Ian MANNERS (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) William OUTHWAITE (Newcastle University, UK) Robert PHILLIPSON (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) Jo SHAW (University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) Gerard TOAL (Virginia Tech, USA) Nathalie TOCCI (Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy) Wilhelm VOSSE (Christian International University, Tokyo, Japan) Mark WEBBER (University of Birmingham, UK) Richard G. WHITMAN (University of Kent, UK) Antje WIENER (University of Hamburg, Germany) Michael WINTLE (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) Nikolaos ZAHARIADIS (University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA) Jan ZIELONKA (University of Oxford, UK).

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Deconstructing Brexit Discourses Embedded Euroscepticism, Fantasy Objects and the United Kingdom’s Vote to Leave the European Union

Deconstructing Brexit Discourses: Embedded Euroscepticism, Fantasy Objects and the United Kingdom’s Vote to Leave the European Union

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Benjamin Hawkins
September 15, 2021

This book expands on and complements the burgeoning Brexit literature by placing the UK’s vote to leave the EU in its longer historical and discursive contexts. It examines the embedded Euroscepticism, which has dominated British political discourse on the European project and the role of the UK ...

Historic Power Europe A Post-Hegelian Interpretation of European Integration

Historic Power Europe: A Post-Hegelian Interpretation of European Integration

1st Edition

By Davide Barile
November 25, 2019

This book proposes a new theoretical framework to move beyond the traditional tenets of modern international relations theory to investigate European integration and shed light on current events. Based on contemporary analyses, Hegel’s political philosophy, and the fundamental role of historical ...

European Citizenship and Identity Outside of the European Union Europe Outside Europe?

European Citizenship and Identity Outside of the European Union: Europe Outside Europe?

1st Edition

By Agnieszka Weinar
July 30, 2019

This book critically engages with the concept of European identity and citizenship, and the role of the European Union in diaspora, membership and emigration policies. It presents original research on European governance of emigration and citizenship and considers European integration in a global ...

Perceptions of the European Union’s Identity in International Relations

Perceptions of the European Union’s Identity in International Relations

1st Edition

Edited By Anna Skolimowska
December 11, 2018

This book examines the perception of European Union’s identity by the main actors in international relations. Analysing issues related to public discourse in third countries as demonstrated by, amongst others, their political elites, civil society, and think-tanks, the book highlights a ‘normative...

Conditionality, the EU and Turkey From Transformation to Retrenchment

Conditionality, the EU and Turkey: From Transformation to Retrenchment

1st Edition

By Rahime Süleymanoğlu-Kürüm
August 06, 2018

Turkey has been a critical case to study to assess the impact of EU conditionality on non-member states, but has lost its visibility following the debates on the detachment of Turkey from the EU gradually since 2005. This book studies Turkey–EU relations in the area of foreign policy from 1987 when...

The Criminalisation of Communism in the European Political Space after the Cold War

The Criminalisation of Communism in the European Political Space after the Cold War

1st Edition

By Laure Neumayer
June 26, 2018

Memory has taken centre stage in European-level policies after the Cold War, as the Western historical narrative based on the uniqueness of the Holocaust was being challenged by calls for an equal condemnation of Communism and Nazism. This book retraces the anti-communist mobilisations carried out ...

European Identity Revisited New approaches and recent empirical evidence

European Identity Revisited: New approaches and recent empirical evidence

1st Edition

Edited By Viktoria Kaina, Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski, Sebastian Kuhn
October 26, 2017

It has been argued that the emergence of a European collective identity would help overcome growing disparity caused by the increasing diversity of today’s European Union, with 28 member states and more than 500 million people. Research on European integration is facing the pressing question of ...

Unleashing Social Justice through EU Public Procurement

Unleashing Social Justice through EU Public Procurement

1st Edition

By Antoinette Calleja
October 23, 2017

The dramatic results of the 2014 European Parliament elections have highlighted the European Union’s urgent need for a review of the scope and purpose of its social objectives and for a reordering of European priorities. This book advocates a radical and original alternative to the current ...

Lobbyists and Bureaucrats in Brussels Capitalism’s Brokers

Lobbyists and Bureaucrats in Brussels: Capitalism’s Brokers

1st Edition

By Sylvain Laurens
September 15, 2017

With over 30,000 lobbyists in town, Brussels is often called the European capital of lobbying. Despite this, little is known on how this political system works in practice. This book offers an unprecedented window into the everyday relationships between bureaucrats and interest representatives. ...

Europeanization as Discursive Practice Constructing Territoriality in Central Europe and the Western Balkans

Europeanization as Discursive Practice: Constructing Territoriality in Central Europe and the Western Balkans

1st Edition

By Senka Neuman Stanivuković
September 01, 2017

Europeanization as Discursive Practice adopts a poststructuralist reading of Europeanization to study the effects of EU accession in the light of political territoriality and consequent state-building processes in the EU and Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) and the Western Balkans, ...

Mapping European Empire Tabulae imperii Europaei

Mapping European Empire: Tabulae imperii Europaei

1st Edition

By Russell Foster
July 04, 2017

Empire and maps are mutually reliant phenomena and traceable to the dawn of civilisation. Furthermore, maps retain a supremely authoritative status as unquestioned reflections of reality. In today’s image-saturated world, their influence is more powerful now than at any other time in history. This...

The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy Between Practices of Governance and Practices of Freedom

The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy: Between Practices of Governance and Practices of Freedom

1st Edition

By Evangelos Fanoulis
April 20, 2017

Due to the increase of security challenges in the proximity of Europe, the prominence of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has augmented. This book is a systematic effort to empirically approach the democratic deficit of CSDP, to understand its social construction and propose ways ...

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