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Citizenship and Democratic Control in Contemporary Europe
European integration, the collapse of state socialism and the relative decline of social democracy have left only two dominant European ideologies: nationalism and the free market. In Citizenship and Democratic Control in Contemporary Europe a distinguished group of scholars argues that a democratically reconstructed Europe requires a new approach centred around a concept of citizenship which is neither individualistic nor ethnically based but is concerned with the empowerment of individuals. The authors propose the development of a well-structured and pluralistic civic society which encourages active citizenship and a definition of democratic citizenship which can be expressed through self-organized social activity. Addressing issues central to the future of European democracy - including politics and political processes, economic and social policy, and ideology, language and communication - this important book challenges many of the existing assumptions about the revolutions of 1989, their aftermath and the future of post-Cold War Europe.
Insightful and policy relevant, this book will be welcomed by sociologists, political scientists and economists interested in the ideologies underpinning European society.
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'A stimulating work that challenges many of the existing assumptions about the revolutions of 1989, their aftermath and the future of post-Cold War Europe.' -- European Library 'Its multidisciplinary character, its European focus, the importance of the issues raised by editors and contributors, combined with the quality of most contributions in the volume and the timelines of such an intervention in the current debate make Citizenship and Democratic Control in Contemporary Europe a valuable book for anyone interested in the current and future state of citizenship in Europe.' -- Spyros A. Sofos, Democratization 'This volume should be required reading for anyone who believes that the events of 1989 mark the triumph of democracy and that liberal democracy represents the end of history. Readers primarily interested in the European Union will find a balanced critique of its democratic limitations.' -- O. Croci, Journal of European Integration