1st Edition

European Integration and the Postmodern Condition Governance, Democracy, Identity

By Peter Van Ham Copyright 2001

    This is the first book to look at the process of European integration by drawing on both established and new trends in postmodern thinking and analysis. The book asks how we can study the process of European integration in the current climate, and maps out the central elements of the academic debate dealing with the future of integration, and 'Europe' in general.
    The author stimulates fresh readings of the European issue, encouraging the development of new analytical horizons. This is a significant cutting-edge contribution to debates in politics, comparative politics and European studies.

    Chapter 1 European integration and the challenge of postmodernity; Chapter 2 Globalization and Europeanization; Chapter 3 European identity beyond the state; Chapter 4 Sovereignty, territoriality and the representation of political space; Chapter 5 European governance and the pursuit of promiscuous policy-making; Chapter 6 Europe's essential vacuum; Chapter 7 Europe and/as the Other; Bibliography; Index;


    Peter van Ham is Professor of West European Politics at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He recently co-edited Mapping European Security after Kosovo and co-authored A Critical Approach to European Security. He is the author of The EC, Eastern Europe and European Unity; Managing Non-Proliferation Regimes in the 1990s, and Western Doctrines on East—West Trade.