Democracy Needs Dispute

The Debate on the European Constitution

Edited by Cornelia Brüll, Monika Mokre, and Markus Pausch

Democracy Needs Dispute

Edited by Cornelia Brüll, Monika Mokre, and Markus Pausch

Distributed for Campus Verlag

193 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8
Paper $38.00 ISBN: 9783593388205 Published June 2009

In 2005 hopes for closer European integration were dealt a potentially fatal blow when French and Dutch voters rejected the proposed new European Union constitution. Going beyond the instant analysis of journalists, which placed blame for the failed vote on the two nations’ internal politics, Democracy Needs Dispute examines a collection of media accounts of European policy debates to argue that the problem with the EU is its relative lack of vibrant political conflict. Democracy Needs Dispute offers both up-to-date analysis and a rich theoretical understanding of the problems facing further efforts at European integration.

Introduction: Public Sphere and Democracy in the EU (Christoph Bärenreuter)

1. Radical democracy and European Debates (Cornelia Bruell und Monika Mokre)

2. The gap between elites and citizens in EUropean media (Helmut Gaisbauer und Markus Pausch)

3. Debating national referenda (Ulrike Gröner)

4. The social struggle: a French peculiarity (Ulrike Gröner und Markus Pausch)

5. Euro-scepticism as a fire-raiser for European agonism? (Michael Kimmel)

6. Non and Nee: What now? (Helmut Gaisbauer)

Conclusion: Agonism in the European public sphere (Cornelia Bruell und Monika Mokre)
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