Discourse Theory in European Politics

Discourse Theory in European Politics : Identity, Policy and Governance

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This volume of essays employs discourse theory to analyze mainstream topics in contemporary European politics. Inspired by developments in post-structuralist, psychoanalytic and post-Marxist theory, each contributor problematizes a central issue in European governance, including European security, Third Way politics, constitutional and administrative reform, new forms of nationalism and populism, the shift from welfare to workfare, environmental politics and local government. Alongside these substantive issues, the book tackles questions raised by the difficulties of applying discourse theory to empirical cases.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 26mm | 480.82g
  • Palgrave USA
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Gordonsville, United States
  • English
  • 2005 ed.
  • 1 Illustrations, black and white; XVII, 364 p. 1 illus.
  • 1403917191
  • 9781403917195
  • 845,266

About David R. Howarth

NIELS AKERSTROM ANDERSEN Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
STEVE BASTOW Senior Lecturer in Politics, Kingston University, UK
LILIE CHOULIARIAKI Associate professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
ANTHONY CLOHESY Lecturer in Politics, University of Essex, UK
STEVEN GRIGGS Lecturer on Public Policy, Birmingham University, UK
MAARTEN A. HAJER Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ALLAN DREYER HANSEN Associate Profesor in Public Administration, Roskilde University, Denmark
JAMES MARTIN Lecturer in Politics, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
VERONIQUE MOTTIER Teaching Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge, UK
OSCAR REYES Department of Government, University of Essex, UK
EVA SORENSEN Professor of Public Administration, Roskilde University, Denmark
YANNIS STAVRAKAKIS Research Fellow, Department of Politics, University of Nottingham, UK
PATRICK DE VOS Ghent University, Belgium
OLE WAEVER Professor of International Politics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction: Discourse Theory: Achievements, Arguments and Challenges; J.Torfing European Integration and Security: Analysing French and German Discourses on State, Nation and Europe; O.Waever Passions of Identification: Discourse, Enjoyment and European Identity; Y.Stavrakakis Polity as Politics: Studying the Shaping and Effects of Discursive Politics; A.D. Hansen & E.Sorensen Problematising the Mobilisation of Hospital Directors; S.Griggs Political Administration; N.Akerstrom Andersen The Human Rights Act: Politics, Power and the Law; A.Clohesy Right-Wing Populism and the Radical Centre: Explaining the Electoral Growth of the Vlaams Blok in Belgium; P.de Vlos Third Way Politics Today; S.Bastow & J.Martin New Labour's Politics of the Hard-Working Family; O.Reyes From Welfare to Social Exclusion: Eugenic Social Policies and the Swiss National Order; V.Mottier Media Discourse and the Public Sphere; L.Chouliariaki Coalitions, Practices and Meaning in Environmental Politics: From Acid Rain to BSE; M.A.Hajer Conclusion: Applying Discourse Theory: The Method of Articulation; D.Howarth Index
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