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Governing Europe
Discourse, Governmentality and European Integration

ISBN 9780415429665
Published November 22, 2006 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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