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Community, transnationalism, and the left-right metaphor

White, Jonathan (2012) Community, transnationalism, and the left-right metaphor. European Journal of Social Theory, 15 (2). pp. 197-219. ISSN 1368-4310

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1368431011423652


The imagery of left and right has been a common way to conceive democratic politics in modern Europe, and commentators have suggested it be extended to the European Union. This article examines the normative implications and plausibility of European politics being cast in these terms. It focuses on the challenges of rendering political division recognizable and acceptable at a transnational level, of evoking its continuities of structure, and of symbolizing the ties of political community. The article probes the left-right dichotomy's potential in these regards, together with the conjunctural factors likely to raise or diminish its appeal.

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Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 08:48
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:46

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