Nationalism Theories and Cases, by Erika Harris (Edinburgh University Press 2009)
This highly original contribution to studies of nationalism focuses on its ideological foundations, tracing its historical beginnings and charting its varied manifestations in world politics today.
The book's broad theoretical and empirical inquiry explores the dynamics of nationalism and its theories and also considers the role of 'the nation' in political processes taking place beyond states.
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Researching the Mediterranean, edited by Richard Gillespie and Iván Martin (World Congress tor Middle Eastern Studies)
This book is the main outcome of a project directed by Richard Gillespie and Iván Martín that sought to evaluate the current state of research on the Mediterranean and Middle East in the UK and Spain.
Some 50 researchers, including a substantial number of research students, were assembled in March 2006 for a weekend conference (‘Encuentro’) in Barcelona to discuss in-depth reports on the state of Mediterranean studies in the UK and Spain and the current challenges facing researchers in the two countries.
Second edition of Researching the Mediterranean (download pdf)
The proposals included:
- A Euro-Mediterranean Inter-University Research Programme
- A Euro-Mediterranean Research Database
- The use of existing British Council and Instituto Cervantes facilities to support researchers while engaged in fieldwork in non-EU Mediterranean countries
- Regular seminars for doctoral students working on Mediterranean and Euro-Mediterranean topics
- Further ‘Encuentros’ to examine the state of Mediterranean/Middle East research in other European countries.
Democracy in the New Europe, by Christopher Lord and Erika Harris (Palgrave 2006)
Democracy appears to have become a universal standard of legitimate rule in Europe today. But behind the façade are a number of unanswered questions, foremost among them how to relate democracy beyond the state especially at the EU level to democracy within the state.
This important new text provides a wide ranging assessment of the theory and practice of democracy at all levels in Europe today and explores what the European experience can contribute to a broader understanding of the relationship between democracy, globalization, peace and political community.
Democracy in the New Europe flyer (download flyer in pdf)
The Politics or Regional Identity: Meddling with the Mediterranean (University of Birmingham)
The Mediterranean - as a region, as an area of EU policy and as a place on the fringe of a rapidly integrating Europe - has been a theoretically under-researched area.
Containing empirical research on Greece, Malta and Morocco, this theory-led investigation into the political effects of the Mediterranean's symbolic geography, complements work done on the constitution of entities such as nations, Europe and the West.
Europeanizing Social Democracy? The Rise of the Party of European Socialists, by Simon Lightfoot (University of Leeds)
This new book uses the Party of European Socialists (PES) as a key case to examine theoretical work on the meaning, significance, and prospects for realising other ‘Europarties’.
This analysis operates from the assumption that the PES’s main goal is to influence the outcome of EU public policy, rather than the more traditional party goals of vote maximisation or office seeking. The book advances our knowledge of Europarties and contributes to the literature on the Europeanization of political parties.
Eurpean Inclusion Index (British Council)
Research designed and co-ordinated by Professor Andrew Geddes and Jan Niessen, with Alex Balch, Claire Bullen and Maria José Peiro
Compiled by Laura Citron and richard Gowan
The European Civic Citizenship ad Inclusion Index is a joint project with the Foreign Policy Centre, the British Council, and the Migration Policy Group, supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust and Joseph Rowntree Trust. The EWC provided research for the project.
The Index is an attempt to collect data on Member States' policies towards migrants already resident so that comparisons can be made between Member States over time.
Around 13 million foreign nationals currently reside in the EU-15 and in many countries they suffer varying levels of discrimination, have lower levels of employment, are more likely to be employed in low-skilled jobs, and are more likely to be long-term unemployed. Migration is a fact of life, but in order to achieve the Lisbon agenda and for European economies to become dynamic and open, we need to be more inclusive, and that means looking more carefully at policies which are aimed at migrants.
European Civic Citizenship and Inclusion Index (download pdf)
Fusing with Europe?: Sweden in the European Union, by Lee Miles (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005)
This publication introduces the idea of a ‘Fusion’ Perspective’ to explain how national policy-makers ‘value’ participation using this Nordic Member State as a case study and including discussions of EMU and the ESDP.
Lee Miles, widely regarded as a leading expert on Nordic perspectives on the EU, argues that most governments adopt a ‘performance related mentality’ to the Union, and wish to see a ‘third way’ in which supranationalism is accepted and even desired, but constitutional solutions leading to a federal Europe are avoided.
The end result is that the Member States are constructing a ‘fusing Europe’, not a ‘federal Europe’, that will achieve practical outcomes not possible at the national level, but requires an acceptance that the clear division of competencies between the national and EU level will be blurred and potentially sub-optimal.
The Euro Outsiders (Journal article)
The Euro Outsiders, Journal of European Integration, 27(1) (special issue), March 2005: 1-140. Guest Editor: Lee Miles. Articles by Miles, Tiilikainen, Marcussen, Lindahl and Naurin, Miles and Doherty, Johnson, and Howarth.
This research project explores the common challenges confronting those EU members - collectively labelled as the 'euro-outsiders' - that have decided, at this point, not to participate in the Third Stage of the Union's EMU programme, remain outside the euro-area and thus have not adopted the single currency.
Although the comparative project focuses primarily on the three long-standing euro-outsiders of Britain, Denmark and Sweden, it also pays attention to the new post-2004 member-states that are presently not part of the euro-area and thereby contribute to the numerical majority of EU countries that are, at the moment, euro-outsiders.