Discourse Theory in European Politics

Identity, Policy and Governance

  • David Howarth
  • Jacob Torfing

About this book


This volume of essays employs discourse theory to analyze mainstream topics in contemporary European politics. Inspired by developments in post-structuralist, psychoanalytic and post-Marxist theory, each contributor problematizes a central issue in European governance, including European security, Third Way politics, constitutional and administrative reform, new forms of nationalism and populism, the shift from welfare to workfare, environmental politics and local government. Alongside these substantive issues, the book tackles questions raised by the difficulties of applying discourse theory to empirical cases.


desegregation Europe European Governance European identity European Integration European Politic European Politics European security Governance government human rights Marxism nationalism policy politics

Editors and affiliations

  • David Howarth
    • 1
  • Jacob Torfing
    • 2
  1. 1.University of EssexUK
  2. 2.Roskilde UniversityDenmark

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