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"Governance - a matter of discourse: Discursive nodal points in the British debate over Europe"

Diez, Thomas. (1997) "Governance - a matter of discourse: Discursive nodal points in the British debate over Europe". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    The paper suggests a constructivist approach for an analysis of European governance. To the conceptualization of government and governance, it adds a third level of governing, a field of discourses which is called regens and in which governing actors are situated. In this field, discourses are interwoven, and in their nodal points, certain subject positions are produced from which specific notions of European governance are articulated. This approach is put to work in an analysis of the British debate over European integration. It is argued that seven "images" of Europe are produced in connection to other discourses in which the objects "progress," "knowledge," "politics," "economy," "society," and "nature" are constructed. From such a perspective, the much debated change of British policy towards European integration at the beginning of the 1960s is reconceptualized as an instance of continuity as well as discontinuity, and the current Labour policy is reassessed.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level
    Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 35
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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