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Consensus and European Integration / Consensus et intégration européenne

An Historical Perspective / Une perspective historique

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Edited By Daniela Preda and Daniele Pasquinucci

Analysis of the formation and development of the consensus on European integration provides an interesting interpretative perspective for studying the history of the construction of a united Europe.
The authors of this volume examine the main reasons – ideological, political, cultural and economic – that have been advanced to encourage citizens to support the European project. The contributors also consider the initiatives proposed by the political and institutional actors involved for promoting this supranational project.
L’analyse de la formation et du développement d’un consensus pour l’intégration européenne représente une piste interprétative intéressante pour étudier l’histoire de la construction de l’Europe unie.
Dans ce volume, les auteurs examinent les principales raisons avancées – idéales, politiques, culturelles, économiques – pour obtenir le soutien des citoyens au projet européen. En outre, ils analysent les initiatives élaborées par les acteurs politiques et institutionnels impliqués dans le processus d’unification dans le but de promouvoir le projet supranational.

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The Role of the ECSC Information Policy in the Development of the Consensus towards European Integration (1952-1958) (Fabio Casini)

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267 The Role of the ECSC Information Policy in the Development of the Consensus towards European Integration (1952-1958) Fabio CASINI Introduction Informing people about the activities of the EC, the results reached and the goals pursued, has always been fundamental in order to gain consensus among both citizens and opinion makers of the member states, as well as to enhance the visibility of the EC in other states. It is as important now as it was at the beginning of the integration process; this is why it is interesting to examine whether there has been a direct and purposeful action from behalf of the Community since its very beginning. This research is focused on the origins of the Community, especially those years between the establishment of the ECSC and the Treaties of Rome. Indeed, the ECSC had already confronted the problem of how to inform people about its activities and, since 1952-1953, the High Authority started developing the Press and Information Service. The task of the service was to manage the relations with the media and to implement an actual information policy for the Community. The aim was to publicise the accomplishments of the ECSC and of the supranational method, both within the member states and third countries, with special regards to the US and the UK.1 For this activity to be developed, it proved fundamental to open press and information offices in some cities of the member states, but also in the US and in London. Such offices grew...

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