What kind of public sphere is possible in the European Union with its considerable diversity of national identities, languages, and media systems? Against the backdrop of debates about a fundamental European community deficit and the possibility of postnational democracy, this book explores the role of a European public sphere not only in bridging presumed gaps between citizens and their representatives in the European institutions, but also in creating transnational communicative spaces that contribute to the politicization of EU politics. Drawing on Deweyan pragmatism, social constructivism
Contents; PART ONE INTRODUCTION; 1 Democracy: The Unfinished Project of European Integration; Introduction; Purpose & Ambition; Contribution to European Public Sphere Research; Research Design; Overview of Chapters; 2 Communicative Spaces between Communication and Community; A Thought Experiment; What Kind of European Public Sphere?; The Public Sphere Deficit: A Democratic Deficit?; Preconditions for Transnational Debate: Two Clichés; Communication versus Community: 'Identity Light' and Beyond?; Bringing Agency Back In; 3 Communication vs. Community: An Ontological Critique-and Beyond IntroductionCommunication and Community: Two Perspectives on Meaningful Communication; An Ontological Critique: 'Identity Light' and beyond; Summary: Public Spheres between Communication and Community?; 4 Connecting the Dots: Daily Newspapers and Transnational Debate; Introduction; Selection of Cases; Studying Transnational Communication: An Analytical Framework; Summary; PART TWO DAILY NEWSPAPERS AND EU CONSTITUTION MAKING; 5 Intergovernmental, Supranational or Postnational? Daily Newspapers' Views on European Integration and EU Democracy; Introduction Three Perspectives on European Integration and the Future of DemocracyThe Intergovernmental/Supranational Intersection; The Postnational/Supranational Intersection; What kind of transnational debate can be expected?; 6 The Finality Debate; Introduction; Frames: What's at stake in the finality debate?; Permeability: Domestic and Non-Domestic Authors in the German and Swedish Debates; Transnational Engagement in the Two Debates; The German and Swedish Finality Debates: Transnational Debate?; 7 Constitutional Ratification Crisis; Introduction Frames: What's at stake in the ratification-crisis debate?Permeability: Domestic and Non-Domestic Authors in the Two Debates; Transnational Engagement in the Two Debates; The German and Swedish 'Ratification-Crisis' Debates-Transnational Debate?; 8 The Relaunch of the Constitutional Process; Introduction; Frames: What's at stake in the debate?; Permeability: Domestic and Non-Domestic Authors in the Two Debates; Transnational Engagement in the Two Debates; The German and Swedish 'Relaunch' Debates: Transnational Debate?; PART THREE CONCLUSION; 9 Communication and Community Revisited IntroductionGeneral Review of Findings; Communication and Community Revisited; Revisiting the study's methodological approach; The Road Ahead: From Communicative Freedom to Communicative Power?; References; APPENDICES; Appendix 1 Interview Guide; Appendix 2 Code Book; Appendix 3 Examples of coded quotations; Appendix 4 Examples of frames; Appendix 4a Coded Articles, Finality Debate; Appendix 4bCoded Articles, Ratification-Crisis Debate; Appendix 4cCoded Articles, Relaunch Debate
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