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.
- European integration, democratic engagement, social and economic justice, turmoil and dislocation
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- Department of Social & Policy Sciences - Professor
- Centre for Analysis of Social Policy (CASP)
- EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa)
- Centre for Networks and Collective Behaviour
- Institute for Policy Research (IPR)
- International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM)
- Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI)
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