A Union of Diversity: Language, Identity and Polity-Building by Peter A. Kraus

By Peter A. Kraus

The eu Union's motto 'United in range' contrasts with the cultural standardization entailed within the formation of geographical regions and the forging of political identities in Europe. So what does being 'united in range' suggest? concentrating on language politics and rules, this booklet deals a radical evaluate of the results of cultural and linguistic variety for the method of creating a eu polity. It sheds mild on probably the most urgent difficulties linked to modern identification politics. it's always claimed that the recurrent occasion of range in Europe's programmatic declarations has an efficient political impression. Kraus deals a serious research of ways the ecu has spoke back to the normative problem of making an institutional body for integration which permits cultural adjustments to be transcended with no ignoring them.

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The overlaps between this position and the more or less official French versions of republicanism are evident. As democratic sovereignty is assumed to be embodied in the nation-state, a close connection is made between state theory and democratic theory. Democratic deliberation and decision-making are coextensive with the socio-cultural domains defined by national rule. Political theories influenced by the Westphalian tradition usually take it for granted that states possess an indivisible source of sovereignty, which is the expression of a uniform collective identity, and presuppose societies that are culturally homogeneous (Parekh 1997: 192).

Finally, the changes in Europe’s political constellation became manifest in a lively debate on the legitimacy of the Union that reached well beyond academic circles. The starting point of this broad and still ongoing debate was the question of whether the EU suffers from a substantial democratic deficit. 1 Quite often, the conclusion drawn was that the EU would not be entitled to join its own institutional domain: should it apply for membership, the Union itself would not be admitted, as it failed to meet the democratic criteria which all of its members have to observe.

1:57 25 3. As a societal resource, solidarity in Europe remains closely bound up with national patterns of identification. To the extent that shared political identities become disconnected from loyalties towards a state, the foundations of economic solidarity that were characteristic of post-war Western European societies crumble. In comparison to the nationstate, the EU constitutes an institutional domain with a feeble identity basis. Hence, its potential for building up a system of mutual socio-political obligations seems reduced.

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