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A Political Sociology of Transnational Europe

A Political Sociology of Transnational Europe

Edited by Niilo Kauppi

Publication Date: Feb 2013

Pages 298

ECPR Press

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Globalisation and complex Europeanisation are two significant challenges currently influencing the restructure of the European nation-state, and redefining political power. For this volume, first-rate European scholars look at the consequences of these and other challenges faced by European societies. Contributions revisit traditional objects of political science – state sovereignty, civil society and citizenship – mixing sophisticated empirical analyses with methodological and conceptual innovations including field theory, multiple correspondence analysis, and the study of space sets. Combining qualitative and quantitative research techniques, and macro- and micro-levels, chapters have in common a contextual analysis of politics through scrutiny of configurations of groups, representations and perceptions. A transnational perspective is the common thread linking every study in this volume, which seeks to avoid methodological nationalism.

List of Figures and Tables vii


List of Abbreviations ix


Contributors xi


Acknowledgements xv


Part I. From Grass Roots to Brussels: Making Voices Heard


Chapter One: Introduction: Political Sociology and ‘Second-Wave’

European Studies

Niilo Kauppi 3


Chapter Two: Contentious EU Politics: A Comparative Analysis of

Protest Campaigns

Donatella della Porta and Louisa Parks 17


Chapter Three: EU Lobbying and the European Transparency

Initiative: A Sociological Approach to Interest Groups

Hélène Michel 53


Chapter Four: Fighting Together: Assessing Continuity and Change

in Social Movement Organisations through the Study of

Constituencies’ Heterogeneity

Olivier Fillieule and Philippe Blanchard 79


Part II. Renegotiating State Sovereignty


Chapter Five: Borders, Mobility and Security

Didier Bigo 111


Chapter Six: Redefining European Higher Education: Global

University Rankings and Higher Education Policy

Tero Erkkilä and Niilo Kauppi 127


Chapter Seven: Human Rights and European Integration: From

Institutional Divide to Convergent Practice

Mikael Rask Madsen 147


Part III. Citizens Imagining Europe


Chapter Eight: On the National and Ideological Backgrounds of

Elites’ Attitudes Toward European Institutions

Daniel Gaxie and Nicolas Hubé 165


Chapter Nine: Europeans’ Space-Sets and the

Political Legitimacy of the EU

Ettore Recchi and Theresa Kuhn 191


Chapter Ten: Parallel Lives: Social Comparison Across National

Boundaries

Jonathan White 223


Chapter Eleven: Constructing European Citizens? Evaluating the

Integrative Force of Teaching History

Stefan Seidendorf 243


Index 265

Niilo Kauppi is Research Professor at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, France) and Associate Director of the Center for European Political Sociology at the University of Strasbourg. He teaches political sociology and social theory at Sciences Po Strasbourg, the University of Lausanne and the University of Luxembourg. In addition to being a member of the Executive Committee of the ECPR, Kauppi is co-convenor of the ECPR Standing Group in Political Sociology.

Kauppi's research interests range from European integration and reforms of the European university to intellectual radicalism and social theory. His publications include
Democracy, Social Resources and Political Power in the European Union (Manchester University Press, 2005) and Radicalism in French Culture: A Sociology of French Theory in the 1960s (Ashgate, 2010) and numerous articles in journals such as Comparative European Politics, Scandinavian Political Studies, Politique européenne, International Political Sociology and Theory and Society.

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