Postnational democracy: the European Union in search of a political philosophy
Postnational Democracy examines the concept of political community beyond the Nation State and discusses its possible structure in the context of the European Union. it explores the evolution of political identity within the context of the Nation State and considers the manner in which international organisations in general have affected the 'shared understandings' which have evolved over the course of time. it concludes that it is only in the context of the European Union that the public realm of politics within the constituent Nation States has been consistently undermined. The book suggests that the notion of democracy beyond the Nation State is a feasible concept and thereby seeks to link in with more deliberative ideas of democracy than the representative model favoured by the Nation State. Two particular factors are developed in this context: The growth 'from below' of a nascent European 'civil society' And The potential offered by advanced information technology in terms of facilitating the future emergence of postnational political identity, complementary to national political identity.
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actors associations Blokker Bodin Bureacracy Cambridge century citizenship classical liberalism concept conceptualise Constitutional context Council of Europe culture Curtin decision-making decisions deficit defined deliberative democratic demos emerged European Community European integration European level European Parliament European public European Union European wide exercise external democracy fact freedom German Constitutional Court global civil society Habermas Hirst Human Rights ibid idea individual institutionalised institutions intergovernmental international law international level international organisations international relations issues J.G.A. Pocock legislative liberal democracy liberal political location of political London medieval modern nation-state national parliaments NGO's Parliamentary Assembly parliamentary organs Participatory Democracy particular Peace of Westphalia political arena political community political identity political philosophy postnational democracy potential principle public sphere R.B.J. Walker recognised representative democracy role Sartori Schermers sense shared understandings social Society and Participatory sovereign Stephen Hawking supranational Telo territorial Treaty Union of Utrecht Westphalia