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Living Rev. Euro. Gov. 4 (2009), 2

EU governance and European identity

1 Friedrich Schiller University Jena, nstitute of Political Science, Carl-Zeiß-Str. 3, D-07743 Jena, Germany
2 Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies, University of Wrocław, ul. Straznicza 1-3, PL-50-206 Wrocław, Poland

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This Living Review presents an overview of the research on European identity in the context of EU governance by focussing on central debates in the political science literature. It departs from the problems of disagreement between European citizens and their elites as well as the lack of a European demos. Against this background, the article discusses the functions of collective identity including the legitimation function and solution of collective dilemmas. Here, two perspectives pertaining to these functions are depicted: first, the issue of European public space and second, the integrative workings of European citizenship. Next, the article explores the conceptual and methodological problems of the research on European collective identity. In particular, it focuses on the conceptual ambiguity of the collective identity term and problems of operationalization and measurement. Following this, the article discusses the literature on identity technologies of the EU and identifies the shortcomings of identity technologies with regard to EU governance.

Keywords: democracy, legitimacy, governance, European identity, public opinion, European public space

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ORIGINAL http://europeangovernance-livingreviews.org/Articles/lreg-2009-2
Title EU governance and European identity
Author Viktoria Kaina / Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski
Date accepted 27 April 2009, published 19 May 2009
UPDATE http://europeangovernance-livingreviews.org/Articles/lreg-2013-1
Title EU governance and European identity
Author Viktoria Kaina / Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski
Date accepted 31 May 2013, published 23 July 2013
Changes All sections have been substantially revised and updated. Major additions to Sections 3 (3.1) and 4 (4.2, 4.4). About 100 new references have been added.

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