(Un)Doing Europe: Discourses and Practices of Negotiating the EU Constitution
After successive waves of «enlargement», the European Union has been struggling with political integration. The project of the «constitutionalisation» of the EU was therefore launched to cater to a growing need of institutional reform, but it also intensified debates about the underlying conceptions, norms and values of the European polity as well as the meanings and identities of entire Europe.
This book approaches the ongoing legal and political re-construction of the EU through a focus on the Convention on the Future of Europe (2002-2003) which produced a draft of the EU's first constitution. The Convention is studied from a multidisciplinary perspective integrating approaches from ethnography of institutions, political sociology and linguistically-based discourse-analysis. Drawing on extensive fieldwork and multiple textual data, the book offers an inside perspective on the multitude of ways in which politics in supranational environments works in practice. The book also contributes to the ongoing research on the discursive (re-)negotiations of meanings of Europe and European integration in the institutions of the European Union.
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actors actual analysis Andrew Duff argues arguments Chapter Charter of Fundamental citizens claims clearly common conceptions of Europe/EU consensus constitutional treaty construction of Europe CONV Convention members Convention's crucial cultural current/future construction defined deixis democratic dimension of discourse divergence between Europe diversity of Europe elements emphasises EU-institutions EU's Euro European Constitution European Convention European Council European identity European Parliament European Union Europolity Example favour fieldwork final Future of Europe genre geographical Giscard Giuliano Amato groups hand ideas ideational dimension institutional interviews issues Jean-Luc Dehaene Jens-Peter Bonde Laeken Declaration Laeken summit Lamassoure latter legitimacy meaning MEPs metaphors nation-state national parliamentarians national parliaments observations organisational dimension pean perceived plenary sessions political Praesidium qualified majority voting reference representatives role Secretariat social speaker speeches structure tion tional topoi topos topos of current/future various vention Vision/Conception visions and conceptions Wodak