Today's Europe is marked by an amazing pace of integration. The European Union w consists of twenty five member states, however there is confusion and disagreement about its future design. Making The European Polity investigates how the European Union should develop and organize itself and offers a reflexive approach to integration based on the theory of communicative action. It conceives of the EU as a law based supranational polity lacking the identity of a people as well as the coercive means of a state and argues that it is a polity with an organized capacity to act, but sole apex of authority. Making an important contribution to the theoretical discussions on the EU, these contributors explore a range of issues including legitimacy, post-national democracy and integration and provide in-depth analyses of social and tax policy, foreign policy, identity formation, the reform process and the constitutional effects of enlargement. This book will appeal to all political scientists and particularly to students and researchers of European Politics.
Erik Oddvar Eriksen is professor of political science at ARENA- Advanced Research on the Europeanisation of the Nation State - at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is Professor II at Centre of Professional Studies, The University College of Oslo, and holds an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. His main research fields are political theory, democratic governance, public policy and European integration. His interest in legitimate governance has led to publications on democracy in the EU, governance and leadership, functions and limits of the state, deliberative democracy, communicative leadership, regional politics, and the welfare state.