Postnational Democracy, The European Union in Search of a Political Philosophy
It concludes that it is only in the context of the European Union that the public realm of politics within the constituent Nation States has been consistently undermined. The book suggests that the notion of democracy beyond the Nation State is a feasible concept and thereby seeks to link in with more deliberative ideas of democracy than the representative model favoured by the Nation State.
Two particular factors are developed in this context: the growth `from below' of a nascent European `civil society' and the potential offered by advanced information technology in terms of facilitating the future emergence of postnational political identity, complementary to national political identity.
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- The Process of Consolidation of National Political Identity
- Liberal Political Philosophy and the Nation-State
- Intergovernmental Organisations: Diplomacy Not Democracy
- The European Union: Technocracy Not Democracy
- Postnational Democracy and the European Union
- Concluding Remarks