Negotiating the limits of the possible: a perspective from Western Europe

Antoniades, Andreas (2007) Negotiating the limits of the possible: a perspective from Western Europe. In: Bowles, Paul, Veltmeyer, Henry, Cornelissen, Scarlet, Invernizzi, Noela and Tang, Kwong-leung (eds.) Regional perspectives on globalization. International Political Economy Series . Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 54-69. ISBN 9780230004665

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Abstract

This paper examines the emergence of the discourse of globalisation in Western Europe. It claims that in Western Europe, the question of ‘what is globalisation?’ led to the (existential) questions of ‘what is European?’ and ‘what is possible?’. Here a long list of adjectives (e.g. Anglo-Saxon, Continental, Germanic, Nordic/Scandinavian, Mediterranean) and actors (e.g. political parties, business associations, labour unions, civil society organisations, religious leaders) seem to blend and struggle with each other, trying to communicate or enforce their own views on Europe and globalisation. This struggle gradually evolved into a negotiation on the limits of the possible. To study the nature and direction of these dynamics the paper examines public opinion trends in France, Germany, Greece, Ireland and the UK.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Globalisation, globalisation discourse, European Union, European politics, European political economy, European public discourse
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Depositing User: Andreas Antoniades
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1779
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