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European Values

Challenges and Opportunities for EU Governance, 1st Edition

Edited by François Foret, Oriane Calligaro


190 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Redefinitions of EU borders (enlargements, Brexit), geopolitical challenges (conflicts, migrations, terrorism, environmental risks) and the economic and financial crises have triggered debates on the common values that hold European countries and citizens together, justify public action and ensure the sustainability of European governance.

This book discusses the genesis of and increasing references to "European values", their appropriation by diverse groups of actors and their impact on public action. It argues that European values are a broad and flexible symbolic repertoire, instrumental to serving diverging ends, and a resource for both negotiation and conflicts. Looking at the broader picture, the book reflects on the role of values in the institutionalization of the EU as a political order and paves the way to an assessment of its singularity in comparison with other polities across time and space.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in EU politics, comparative politics, IR, public policy, sociology and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Analysing European Values: An Introduction [François Foret and Oriane Calligaro]

Part I: Human Dignity and the Rise of Morality Politics

1. The Duality of Human Dignity in Europe [Aurora Plomer]

2. Human Dignity in EU Bioethics Politics: A Bridge-Building Incentive or a Conflict Driving Force? [Emilie Mondo]

3. Conflict over Values in the European Multilevel Space: The Case of Morality Issues [Eva-Maria Euchner and Isabelle Engeli ]

Part II: Rule of Law and the Enmeshment of Political and Legal Repertoires

4.Values in EU Governance: How and Why do Political and Social Actors Stand for the Rule of Law? [Ramona Coman]

5. The Values of the Court of Justice of the European Union [Sabine Saurugger and Fabien Terpan]

Part III: Democracy and its Policy Avatars: Transparency and Participation

6. Transparency in the European Crisis: Between Ethicisation and Economicisation [Marylou Hamm]

7. From Democracy by Proxy to a Stakeholder Democracy: The Changing Faces of a Founding Value of the EU [Philippe Aldrin and Nicolas Hubé ]

8. Overcoming the Taboo: Disputes over European Values via the European Citizens’ Initiatives [Alvaro Oleart and Luis Bouza ]

9. Conclusion: Resilience and Elusiveness of European Values [François Foret and Oriane Calligaro]

About the Editors

François Foret is Professor of Political Science, Director of Cevipol and Researcher at the Institute for European Studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

Oriane Calligaro is Research Fellow at Cevipol and at the Institute for European Studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Government and the European Union

What is actually governed at the scale of the European Union (EU)? Some domains of societies and economies in Europe certainly seem to be, but the government of many others appears instead to take place at global, national or sub-national scales. The principal objective of this book series is to provide a sustained and structured space within which a cumulative set of books on what the EU actually governs would be published. These will depart from much of mainstream ‘EU studies’ to propose instead social science theory driven analyses that better reflect and reveal the transnational character of government in contemporary Europe.

This series of books will share a common focus and a commitment to detailed, theoretically driven but readable empirical studies. Although authors will differ slightly here, this focus postulates in general that:

  1. Far from being a system composed uniquely of ‘national’ and ‘supranational’ bodies, the government of the EU is enacted by all the public and private practitioners who participate in the construction and institutionalization of ‘European public problems’;
  2. This government is inscribed in a strongly fragmented European polity. However, its fragments –be they sectoral or territorial- seldom map neatly onto the frontiers of the member states;
  3. Integrating this government and polity constitutes a permanent challenge not only for the formulation of European public problems and their treatment (eg. for environmental protection), but also for the legitimation of these processes and the actors they involve (eg. Commission representatives).

The series is edited by Professor Andy Smith, Research Professor at the University of Bordeaux. All proposals for the series should be submitted either to the editor or the publishers.

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