The book presents a critical and interdisciplinary reading of the ongoing societal developments in Europe. It puts special emphasis on the interpretation of economic developments and the clarification of premises for convergence and diversity and proposes terms of reference in understanding European societies. At the heart of the present debate concerning Europe's future between integration, historical diversities and new forms of disintegration, the book aims to make a contribution to the concrete needs of the development of comparative studies in Europe.
Contents: Gabriel Fragnière: Preface - Léonce Bekemans/Robert Picht: Introduction - Jan Kerkhofs: Changing Values and Lasting
Identities, Europe's Identity and Cultural Diversity - Marc Luyckx: Information Society and Cultural Shift - Léonce Bekemans/Pedro
Lourtie: Economy and Society in Europe - Charlie Karlsson: The Emerging European Network Economy - Eduard Mira: On States,
Nations, Regions, Cities and City-Systems - Colin Crouch: Convergence or Continuing Diversity in Industrial Relations? - Gilbert
Lenssen: Management Cultures in Europe - Anastassios D. Karayiannis: Entrepreneurial Pluralism and Cultural Diversity - Léonce
Bekemans/Robert Picht: Conclusion: Consequences for European Studies.