European Governmentality: The Liberal Drift of Multilevel Governance

European Governmentality: The Liberal Drift of Multilevel Governance

By Richard Münch

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The book provides a sociologically grounded explanation of the changing features of governance and democracy within Europe in an era that empowers new actors, and in the context of broader changes in society.


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Book Information

Publisher: Routledge
Publish Date: 09/12/2014
Pages: 184
ISBN-13: 9781138829879
ISBN-10: 1138829870
Language: English

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This book contributes to the literature on the change of governance in the context of its European multilevel organization. The integration of Europe is a process of fundamental social change: a process of constructing a European society and of deconstructing the national societies.

Münch demonstrates that there is a movement away from republican and representative features of a democracy and towards liberal and pluralistic features. The book illustrates this change in the nature of European political regulation, European jurisdiction and the intellectual debates in France, Germany and Britain on legitimising the emerging system of multilevel governance. He discusses how far the new European regime of liberal governmentality converges with the US-American type of constitutional liberalism. Following a sociological approach, the book focuses on identifying the causes, features and consequences of the fundamental social change taking place in the process of European integration.

This book will be of interest to scholars and graduate students from political science, sociology, law and philosophy interested in political theory, comparative politics, international relations and political communication as well as practitioners of policy-making in governments, administration, parties, associations and the media.

About the Author

Richard Münch is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bamberg, Germany.

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