|Author (Person)||Statham, Paul, Trenz, Hans-Jörg|
|Series Title||Comparative European Politics|
|Series Details||Vol.13, No.3, May 2015, p287–306|
|Publication Date||May 2015|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The article critically evaluates existing theories and approaches on European Union (EU) politicization to understand how the EU’s democratic politics can potentially work in an era of ‘mediated politics’. Moving beyond questions of why politicization has occurred, and what kind of EU will it lead to, we outline a theoretical perspective on the mechanisms of how the EU’s politicization is taking place. Against the backdrop of a post-functionalist theory of integration, the contours of which have been recently discussed within political science, we think that the dynamics of EU politicization can be better grasped from a public sphere perspective within the framework of what we will call a ‘democratic functionalism’ approach. The Eurozone debt crisis case is used as an example of deep and broad EU politicization to explicate the mechanisms at work.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|