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By Peter A. Kraus

The eu Union's motto 'United in variety' contrasts with the cultural standardization entailed within the formation of realms and the forging of political identities in Europe. So what does being 'united in range' suggest? targeting language politics and rules, this e-book bargains an intensive evaluate of the consequences of cultural and linguistic range for the method of creating a ecu polity. It sheds mild on one of the most urgent difficulties linked to modern identification politics. it's always claimed that the recurrent occasion of variety in Europe's programmatic declarations has an efficient political impression. Kraus bargains a severe research of ways the ecu has answered to the normative problem of making an institutional body for integration which permits cultural ameliorations to be transcended with no ignoring them.

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This delimitation would not only have to take into account criteria of functional efficiency; it should also make a substantial contribution to rendering multilevel politics more transparent and to securing the political competences of the member states and the regions vis-`a-vis Brussels. The basic issue at stake here is the compatibility of European polity-building 5 6 This is the idea of a federation of nation-states, which will be discussed at the end of this chapter. There is a vast literature which focuses on the EU as a multilevel system; see, among many others, Hooghe and Marks (2001), Jachtenfuchs and Kohler-Koch (1996) and Marks et al.

Here, the assumptions underlying those models of democracy according to which democratic legitimacy results from collective self-determination are virtually inverted. Such models highlight the dimension of democratic politics which Scharpf (1999: 7) calls ‘input-oriented legitimacy’; the concept of input refers to the dynamics of government by the people. In normative political analysis, Scharpf (1999: 10–11) argues, the 10 11 12 13 The complete statement was published in the online edition of Le Monde (Jospin 2001).

At any rate, the democratic institutionalization of conflicts in the transnational realm would call for levels of affective support that the project of European integration has thus far failed to mobilize. 5. The very ‘comprehensibility’ of political discourses – not to mention their deliberative quality – is linked to the medium of language. Lacking the possibility of immediate linguistic exchange, democratic politics loses a great deal of its persuasive and integrative potential. Democracies are communities of communication constituted in an encompassing public space.

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