Building: 27SG Floor: Second Room: 25
Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, the enlargements of the EU, the geopolitical challenges and the economic crises have triggered debates on the common values susceptible to hold European countries and citizens together, to justify public action and to ensure the sustainability of the European political, economic and social models. Values can be instrumental to either adapt or resist to change. In the EU arena, they can be invoked as communicative resources by actors in a quest of legitimacy (governing through values). They can be policy objects to deal with willy-nilly, ethical issues calling for normative choices (governing values). Finally, values may cause legal and political conflicts and challenge established balances of powers and regulation (governed by values).
The objective of this panel is to analyze the incentives, modalities and effects of the emergence of “values” on the European political agenda. The goal is to explore the polysemy of “European values” in political debates and their various enactments in EU politics, policies and polity. Fundamental questions are: what is at stake in the increasing mobilization of values in terms of domination and agency in European multi-level governance (supranational, transnational, national); to what extent a European community of values is developing; and what it means for European democracy.
The panel relies on an edited book to be published by Routlege in Spring 2018.