European Studies. Past, Present and Future

European Studies. Past, Present and Future

Edited by Erik Jones
Copyright Date: 2020
Published by: Agenda Publishing
DOI: 10.2307/j.ctv103xddx
e-book ISBN 9781788212847


In 1969 a small group of US scholars began discussing the possibility of starting a consortium of Western European Studies programmes. Europe was increasingly becoming an object of study and it was felt that greater coordination of the intellectual effort would help avoid duplication and further the acceleration of research. So began the Council for European Studies.

In commemoration of the founding of the Council fifty years ago, this volume brings together some of the most influential Europeanists writing today to take stock of the subject and to consider the most fruitful avenues for future research. With European democracy seemingly under threat from populism on the left and the right, the economies of countries still struggling to emerge from a decade of recession and stagnating growth, environmental concerns paramount and the quest for social cohesion a distant goal, the contributors to this volume bring their insight to bear on the fertile ground that the EU and the continent more broadly offer researchers.

The contributors – drawn from 52 institutions across the globe – present a wide range of perspectives on Europe’s past and present, and the key challenges facing its future, such as immigration, multiculturalism, nationalism and integration. Although it remains to be seen whether Europeans will continue to promote the dream of union or whether they will retreat back into their nation states, these essays offer valuable insights into how Europe might respond and the changing nature of what it means to be a European.


Part I The study of Europe 1. The Council for European Studies at 50: looking back and looking ahead
Erik Bleich

2. European studies as an intellectual field: a perspective from sociology
Michèle Lamont

3. From Western civilization to critical European studies
Hélène B. Ducros and Louie Dean Valencia-García

4. Beyond exceptionalism in European studies
Catherine Guisan

5. Diversity or unity? The role of culture in European studies Simon Fink and Lars Klein 6. The horizons of European culture Randall Halle 7. Welcome to the “family”: integration, identity, and inclusivity in European studies Sarah Cooper and Koen Slootmaeckers

8. Unexpected Europeanists: building a new cadre of European studies

William Collins Donahue and Martin Kagel

9. Europe past, present, and future: changing governance in higher education
Beverly Barrett

10. The future of European studies and higher education reform in Africa
Patricia W. Cummins

Part II Lessons from Europe

11. Studying Europe as a path to understanding the state of democracy today
Sheri Berman

12. Economic challenges and electoral politics in Europe
Peter A. Hall

13. Lessons from Central Europe’s dissidents
Lisa A. Baglione

14. Federalism, borders, and citizenship
Willem Maas

15. History’s lessons from the single market and the Maastricht years?
George Ross

16. The extraordinary, taken-for-granted achievement of Europe’s single market
Craig Parsons

17. Economic and Monetary Union: a live issue after 50 years
Dermot Hodson and Alison Johnston

18. Putting deprived neighborhoods back at the core of EU urban policy
Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado

19. The political integration of the middle class
Paul Marx

20. The leftovers: vulnerable populations in the global, post-industrial age
Cathie Jo Martin

Part III The changing face of Europe

21. Nativism across the Atlantic: the end of exceptionalisms?
Jan Willem Duyvendak

22. Governing migration: political contestation and policy formation
Jennifer Elrick and Oliver Schmidtke

23. Can Europe recover from its latest wave of us-versus-them politics?
Karen Umansky, Alberto Spektorowski, and Joel Busher

24. Fearing Muslims as the other
John R. Bowen

25. The challenge of Europe’s nations
Gregory Baldi

26. Can European states be “countries of migration”?
Justin Gest

27. Battling over Europe’s identity: right-wing politics, religion, and an uncertain future
Fabio Capano

28. Bosnia and Herzegovina between EU accession, unhealed trauma, and migrant crisis
Alma Jeftic

29. Social movements as a solution to European aporia?
Marcos Ancelovici and Guya Accornero

30. Belonging to Berlin: a case of bureaucratic dystopia, minority agency, and solidarity
Anlam Filiz

Part IV Europe’s future

31. Quo vadis Europa?
Juan Díez Medrano

32. Exit, voice, or loyalty? The collapse of national elite consensus on Europe’s future
Matthias Matthijs

33. Differentiated integration through more integration, decentralization, and democracy
Vivien A. Schmidt

34. Reflections on the direction of the European project
Mare Ushkovska

35. The EU’s rule-of-law crisis and the problem of diagonality
Csongor István Nagy

36. More union, more states
Josep M. Colomer

37. The EU’s challenge with size, sovereignty, and mutual benefit
Ludmila Bogdan and Twamanguluka N. Nambili

38. Brexit: the golden chalice of European demos formation?
Erin O’Leary

39. Who wants to live forever? Europe
Veronica Anghel

Part V Reflections on Europe’s world role

40. The world as invention
Benjamin Bennett

41. Defensive institution building
Shawn Donnelly

42. The EU and South–South cooperation
Shengqing Zhang

43. The enduring promise of the EU
Harris Mylonas

Part VI Final thoughts

44. Richie Havens, Beethoven, and the music of revolutions
Steven Johnson

45. The dream of Europe: Camelot in the time of Mordred
Erik Jones

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