Understanding the mechanisms of EU politicization: lessons from the Eurozone crisis

Statham, Paul and Trenz, Hans-Jörg (2015) Understanding the mechanisms of EU politicization: lessons from the Eurozone crisis. Comparative European Politics, 13 (3). pp. 287-306. ISSN 1472-4790

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Abstract

The article critically evaluates existing theories and approaches on European Union (EU) politicization to understand how the EU's democratic politics can potentially work in an era of `mediated politics'. Moving beyond questions of why politicization has occurred, and what kind of EU will it lead to, we outline a theoretical perspective on the mechanisms of how the EU's politicization is taking place. Against the backdrop of a post-functionalist theory of integration, the contours of which have been recently discussed within political science, we think that the dynamics of EU politicization can be better grasped from a public sphere perspective within the framework of what we will call a `democratic functionalism' approach. The Eurozone debt crisis case is used as an example of deep and broad EU politicization to explicate the mechanisms at work.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences
J Political Science
J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0015 European federation and integration
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0030 European Union. European Community. European communities
Depositing User: Paul Statham
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 08:09
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2017 08:09
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/67266
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