European Integration as an Elite Process (Routledge Advances by Max Haller

By Max Haller

Max Haller's extraordinary ebook provides an analysis of the method of ecu integration which retains the relation among elites and citizens at the forefront. It is proven at the foundation of latest empirical info (surveys, interviews, analyses of files and biographies) that eu integration has been led because the starting through the elites and that this present day there exists a substantial break up among elites and voters; this cut up is turning into extra profound during time. The ebook covers the subsequent subject matters: - the constitution, pursuits and behavior of the various elites (political, fiscal, bureaucratic) - the expectancies and perceptions of the populations about the integration technique and the elites - the concepts of the elites to win the consent of the folk, in view of frequent scepticism - proposals for reform of the european, in particular with reference to a strengthening of democratic parts that may decrease the break up among elites and electorate. A well timed and unique learn, this booklet might be an invaluable addition to the library of any political sociologist, political scientist or pupil of eu integration.

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12 Three issues shall be investigated here: The overall number of referenda and the proportions of positive and negative outcomes; the difference in the positive results of the referenda and parliamentary votings; and the relations between levels of turnout and outcomes of referenda. ” German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (left), signing the constitution, together with Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. Source: Reuters 10 European Integration as an Elite Process Photo 2b. Young people in Paris, celebrating a triumph after the rejection of the Constitution for Europe by the French citizens, May 29, 2007.

1 presents the discrepancies in a graphic form for six cases. 1% of the voters agreed to Living in Two Different Worlds? 2b. page_name=referendums (2006-02-04). Living in Two Different Worlds? 13 the treaty, but 89% of the members of the congress (the common assembly of the parliament and senate)—a formidable 38 percentage difference. A similar high difference existed in Switzerland between people’s vote and the vote of the Ständerat where the issue was the joining of the European Economic Area.

6 One of the fi rst reactions came from London: British Foreign Minister Denis MacShane said he was glad about Chirac’s courage. Aside from personal interests—Chirac expected that a positive vote would gain him personal prestige and stature and split his political adversaries—Britain had in fact influenced his own decision. It seems indicated, therefore, to have a short look at the British situation. Prime Minister Tony Blair had announced a referendum on the Constitution for Europe already two months before, on April 20, 2004.

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