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The European Public Sphere

From Critical Thinking to Responsible Action


Edited By Luciano Morganti and Léonce Bekemans

The development of a fully fledged European Public Sphere is seen by many as the solution to the legitimation crisis the European Union is suffering today. It is conceived as a space in which a Europe-wide debate about the current economic, social and political crises can take place and through which solutions can be developed.
This book proposes a new multi-disciplinary approach to discuss the European Public Sphere, arguing that it should be approached as a complex and interlinking concept, considering issues such as identity, citizenship building and multi-level governance structures and actors, and that it should not be analysed merely from the traditional perspectives of information and communication policies.
The volume presents both academic papers and more policy-oriented contributions, offering perspectives from scholars, politicians, consultants and administrators to give the reader a truly multidisciplinary understanding of the European Public Sphere.


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Ambrosi Gerhard Michael is Jean Monnet professor ad personam and emeritus of Trier University, Germany, where, from 1992 to 2008, he held the Chair for European Economic Policy. After studies at Berlin and Cambridge, UK, he obtained his academic degrees from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. His publications are on federalism in the European context, on the European Payments Union and European social policy. He has also published and presently researches about topics in the history of economic thought (Keynes, ancient Greece). Barani Luca obtained a PhD in European Studies at the Institut d’études européennes of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He was a GARNET Mobility Fellow at the Institut européen of the Université de Genève, dealing with the interaction between EU and WTO legal or- ders. After the publication of his PhD thesis on the supranational auton- omy of the European Court of Justice, he has been a Post-doctoral researcher for the EU-funded EUROSPHERE project. He is currently Maître de conférence at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Barlow Rachel is a PhD student at the School of Management, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. She is undertaking research on the accountability of business associations in the EU policy process. Rachel has presented on this and related topics at both UACES and ECPR venues. She has carried out short term teaching assignments on EU interest representation at Lille University and the College of Europe. Rachel has 15 years’ experience of working with associations on their relations...

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