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dc.contributor.authorCOHEN, Antonin
dc.contributor.authorVAUCHEZ, Antoine
dc.date.accessioned2008-12-05T10:49:57Z
dc.date.available2008-12-05T10:49:57Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.issn1028-3625
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/9947
dc.description.abstractLooking back at eight years of controversies over Europe’s future, this paper develops a new research agenda towards a political sociology of EU constitutional politics. As a preliminary step, we make the case for reflexivity, that is, for a critical appraisal of intellectual practice in the constitutional debate. Two research directions are then explored: an analysis of the changing forms of the “European public sphere”; a study of the “field of EU constitutional reform”. As a polity, Europe is not a social continuum, but a mosaic of fragmented public spheres and social fields that, albeit undoubtedly interdependent, are largely autonomous from one another. In this configuration, informal scenes of power are as much important as institutional centres of command to set the agenda, promote new ideas and mediate contending interests. We therefore argue that a better understanding of both the European public sphere and the field of EU constitutional reform implies moving the research agenda from analyzing institutions to studying informal cross-sectorial arenas and trans-national networks, as well as the social and professional profiles of the agents making up these institutions, arenas and networks.en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries2008/33en
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subjectPolitical Sociologyen
dc.subjectField theoryen
dc.subjectEuropean Constitutionen
dc.subjectEuropean Conventionen
dc.subjectEU Elitesen
dc.titleBack to the ‘Future of Europe’: A Political Sociology of EU Constitutional Sagaen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
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