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EU political identity, integration and top-down analyses: a reply to Neil Fligstein

Saurugger, Sabine and Thatcher, Mark (2019) EU political identity, integration and top-down analyses: a reply to Neil Fligstein. Comparative European Politics, 17 (4). pp. 624-630. ISSN 1472-4790

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Identification Number: 10.1057/s41295-019-00177-2


This reply to Neil Fligsteins thought-provoking comments on this special issue's contributions analyses three specific aspects: the problems of comparing identity construction in different policy areas due to differences in European integration; the focus on EU institutions and lack of attention to social groups and citizens; the EU as a state. We argue that instead of offering one overarching theory of EU state building, the articles analyse what most would regard as a key aspect of a state—political identity—and then consider its top-down policy aspect. This has several advantages: a degree of manageability; seeking careful hypotheses; separating parts that are conceptually distinct, notably the creation of a political identity and then whether citizens actually identify with it; investigating causal linkages.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Springer Nature Limited
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2019 13:18
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:42

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