1st Edition

Governing Europe Discourse, Governmentality and European Integration

By William Walters, Jens Henrik Haahr Copyright 2005
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    Governing Europe is the first book to systematically link Michel Foucault's hypotheses on power and 'governmentality' with the study of European integration. Through a series of empirical encounters that spans the fifty-year history of European integration, it explores both the diverse political dreams that have framed means and ends of integration and the political technologies that have made 'Europe' a calculable, administrable domain.

    The book illustrates how a genealogy of European integration differs from conventional approaches. By suspending the assumption that we already know what/where Europe is, it opens a space for analysis where we can ask: how did Europe come to be governed as this and not that? The themes covered by this book include:

    * the different constructions of Europe within discourses of modernization, democratization, insecurity and 'governance'
    * the imprint of modernism, liberalism, ordoliberalism, neoliberalism and crime on the identity of the European Community/European Union
    * the historical relationship between European government and specific technologies of power, technologies as diverse as planning, price control, transparency and benchmarking.

    1. Governing Europe2. 'Seeing like a High Authority'? High Modernism and European Government3. The Common Market: Governing Europe through Freedom?4. Of Democratic Deficits5. In/Secure Community: Governing Schengenland6. Benchmarking Europe: Advanced Liberalism and the Open Method of Coordination7. Conclusion: On the Governmentalization of Europe


    William Walters is Associate Professor in Political Science at Carleton University, Canada. Jens Henrik Haahr is a Senior Consultant at the Danish Technological Institute.