Thomas Risse’s contribution to the symposium ‘Conventional Wisdoms Under Challenge’ published online in Journal of Common Market Studies
News from Aug 26, 2014
The symposium on Conventional Wisdoms Under Challenge – Reviewing the EU’s Democratic Deficit in Times of Crisis, to which KFGs co-research director Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse contributed the article No Demos? Identities and Public Spheres in the Euro Crisis, has been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies (Guest Editors: Michael Blauberger, Sonja Puntscher Riekmann, Doris Wydra).
Risse’s article takes issue with the ‘no demos’ thesis about the European Union. Empirically speaking, a ‘demos’ requires a sense of community among the citizens, on the one hand, and a lively public spheres in which political issues are debated, on the other. It is argued in this article, first, that a majority of European citizens has developed dual identities – to their nation-state and to Europe – and this Europeanization of national identities is sufficient to sustain carefully crafted (re-)distributive policies on the European level. Second, the euro crisis has strongly increased the politicization of national public spheres and has also led to their growing Europeanization with regard to issue salience and to the actors represented.
All articles of the symposium can be found online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291468-5965/earlyview?campaign=wolearlyview