The Re-making of Europe: The Long View

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This article starts with three commonplace judgements on the European Union – its success in healing the wounds of war, its failure to win democratic engagement and its vulnerability now to the seeds of disintegration. Setting these against the background of the High Middle Ages, and the original making of Europe, the article argues that each of these judgements is overly simplistic and for reasons that are closely interconnected. They are, moreover, the ‘high politics’ of European integration, expressing the concerns of political elites. Against these, the article proposes a rather different agenda, in relation to the following: social and economic justice; the turmoil, dislocation and hurt that European integration produces; the critical questioning of political elites; and the creative diversity of the Union. These are the ‘hot politics’ that matter to ordinary citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-120
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of European Social Policy
Issue number1
Early online date11 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • European integration, democratic engagement, social and economic justice, turmoil and dislocation


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