Nationalism and European integration: the need for new by Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski, Andrzej Marcin Suszycki

By Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski, Andrzej Marcin Suszycki

Nationalism has lengthy excited debate in political and social sciences and nonetheless continues to be a key box of study between historians, anthropologists, sociologists, in addition to political scientists. for the duration of the eu integration, and especially as a result fresh main issue of the ecu structure, it has turn into one of many serious media matters. There are, besides the fact that, unusually few reports that learn the connection among nationalism and eu integration.
This quantity is a set of essays by way of a multinational staff of authors - from Germany, Poland, nice Britain, Canada, Turkey, the U.S. and Belgium - who research the hyperlink among nationalism and eu integration utilizing comparisons and in-depth research, by utilizing the institutional process, the actor-centered procedure, in addition to the discourse research or multivariate regression analysis.
Some subject matters of debate contain the EU-enlargement as a mobilizing agent for nationalism, a ground-breaking speculation within the examine of nationalism, the impact of Europeanization at the nationalist events in chosen european member states in addition to the idea that of nationalism as a modernizing undertaking within the post-modern ecu Union, and the query of either the destructive implications of the nationalism discourse and the antithetical development of the nationwide and ecu identities

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According to Brubaker, nationalism is nationalism not because it has an ethnic character but because it relates to statehood. 68 This nationalism rests on a state doctrine, according to which ethnically related people who are citizens of different countries should Nationalism and European Integra23 23 6/9/07 3:55:54 PM 24 Nationalism and European Integration be integrated to some extent, even if not necessarily into one single nationstate. In the case of Transylvania, this state doctrine is being followed by the Hungarian government, which supported Romanian EU membership in order to reunite Hungarians beyond the nation-state.

61 As a particular type of rationalist regional identity, we can identify transnational regionalism, in which geographically close regions belonging to nation-states, not necessarily EU member states, participate. These regions are supported by the EU while they try to solve transborder issues by integrating local decision-making structures, and try to develop their economic potential by inducing synergies. 62 Its central feature is the transnational interaction process, whereby the regional actors attempt to promote the internal regional development program.

Excluding the most extreme case, in which regions become new nations, we can conclude with two considerations. First, there might be an active regionalist ideology, supported by the EU and treated as the new antidote against nationalism. European integration is supposed to remedy regionalism or to be found in the regions themselves. Second, there is certainly a new balance between regionalism and nationalism. ), the peculiarity of the political system (unitary state vs. federal state), ethnic and cultural structures (regions with large political autonomy and ethnic or religious differences such as the Basque country or Northern Ireland), the type of state-market relations (welfare state vs.

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