New Axes of Integration and the Constitution of the European Polity and Society

  • Tatjana SekulićEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


While the accession institutional procedures can be studied as mostly transparent patterns of EU integration, exploring what is called ‘Europeanization’ demands profound conceptual and methodological consideration. In this chapter, the approach towards Europeanization in terms of ‘harmonization’ with a set of (Western) values, principles, norms and forms of representation has been problematized. Beyond their shared, core fundamentals, all these elements are constantly being re-configured in the dynamics between the European sphere—defined in terms of the EU’s geopolitical and economic interests and influences—and a European space, which frames a flow of interaction and communication among its manifold agencies. Although the relations between these parts remain conflictual, the presumption is that they are still open to mutual understanding and the creation of new meaning.


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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of Milan BicoccaMilanItaly

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