Governing Europe's spaces

European Union re-imagined

Edited by Caitriona Carter and Martin Lawn

Governing Europe's spaces

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9185-8
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: July 2015
  • BIC Category: International institutions, EU (European Union), Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Politics, Politics & government, Political science & theory, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, Society & social sciences / EU & European institutions
  • Series: European Politics


What do we imagine when we imagine Europe and the European Union? To what extent is our understanding of the EU - of its development, its policies and its working processes - shaped by unacknowledged assumptions about what Europe really is?

The book constructs a case for re-imagining Europe - not as an entity in Brussels or a series of fixed relations - but as a simultaneously real and imagined space of action which exists to the extent that Europeans and others act in and on it. This Europe is constantly being made in particular spaces, through specific actor struggles, whose interconnections are often ill-defined. We ask how do those concerned with building Europe, with extending and elaborating the EU, think of where they are and what they are doing?

The book captures Europeans in the process of making Europe: of performing, interpreting, modelling, referencing, consulting, measuring and de-politicising Europe.


Introduction - Caitríona Carter, Richard Freeman and Martin Lawn
Part I: Spaces revisited
1. Performing Europe: backstage versus frontstage politics in the European Parliament - Ruth Wodak
2. Interpreting Europe: mainstreaming gender in DG Research, European Commission - Rosalind Cavaghan
Part II: Spaces reconciled
3. Modelling Europe: the political properties of impact assessment - Diego de la Hoz
4. Referencing Europe: usages of Europe in national identity projects - Jenny Ozga and Farah Shaik
Part III: Spaces revealed
5. Consulting to Europe: knowledge agents and the building of Europe - Bruce Ross
6. Measuring Europe: making sense of Europe through data and statistics - Sotiria Grek and Martin Lawn
7. De-politicizing Europe: collective private action and sustainable Europe - Caitríona Carter


Caitríona Carter is Research Professor in Political Science at Irstea, Bordeaux

Martin Lawn is Honorary Professor at the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh

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