New PDF release: European Integration as an Elite Process (Routledge Advances

By Max Haller

ISBN-10: 0203927303

ISBN-13: 9780203927304

ISBN-10: 0415403901

ISBN-13: 9780415403900

Max Haller's striking e-book provides an analysis of the method of eu integration which retains the relation among elites and citizens at the forefront. It is proven at the foundation of recent empirical info (surveys, interviews, analyses of files and biographies) that eu integration has been led because the starting by means of the elites and that this present day there exists a substantial break up among elites and electorate; this break up is turning into extra profound during time. The publication covers the subsequent subject matters: - the constitution, pursuits and behavior of different elites (political, fiscal, bureaucratic) - the expectancies and perceptions of the populations in regards to the integration approach and the elites - the thoughts of the elites to win the consent of the folk, in view of frequent scepticism - proposals for reform of the european, specifically in regards to a strengthening of democratic components that could lessen the break up among elites and electorate. A well timed and unique learn, this e-book should be an invaluable addition to the library of any political sociologist, political scientist or pupil of eu integration.

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It was also argued that the no-voters were instigated in their decision by parties and groups at the extreme left and right who are in principle against European integration. This argument is partly true, partly false. It is true insofar as the major political parties all had supported the constitution (although a minority of the PS and the UMP opposed it), and only smaller parties, like the French Communist Party, Trotskyite movements, and other far left groups, as well as the right-wing Front National, were against it.

They might well be right in refusing that such practices are typical or that they themselves are using them. The main problem, however, is if business and powerful organisations have an influence in Brussels which is not transparent to the public and which is much stronger than that of other social groups. A president alienated from his youth: Analysis of a TV discussion of Jacques Chirac As part of the campaign for the French referendum on the proposed Constitution for Europe, on April 14, 2005, President Chirac conducted a TV discussion with 83 young French people between the ages of 18 and 30, from all regions of France and all social and professional backgrounds and political camps.

As a consequence, a special convention (later called “Constitutional Convention”) was installed with the task to develop proposals. This convention was very efficient and elaborated a comprehensive, several-hundred-pages-long text. This text contained important new elements making the Union more efficient and democratic and included all the earlier treaties into one single document, making them much more readable. The negative outcomes of the referenda in France and the Netherlands were the most obvious manifestations of the aforementioned split between the political elites in the EU and its citizens.

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