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ECPR Futures Lab 2020

Thinking Reflexively about the Political Sociology of the EU

European Union
Political Sociology
Panel Number
Panel Chair
David Swartz
Boston University
Panel Discussants
Niilo Kauppi
University of Helsinki
Claudia Wiesner
University of Jyväskylä

05/09/2019 15:50 - 17:30
Building: Institute of Romance Studies Floor: 3rd floor Room: 3.1
In European politics today, new forms of transnational power are emerging that challenge the traditional parameters of action by nation states. New actors are creating new spaces of contest that may overlap but do not snuggle fit with the traditional spaces of political action. This has called into question both institutional and constructionist perspectives that neglect underlying forms of power at work. New forms of solidarity and differentiation, both in terms of knowledge and social groups, are being created. The purpose of this panel is to encourage a more critically reflexive practice of the tools of political sociology in order to better account for these new political realities. The panel draws inspiration from Niilo Kauppi’s 2018 book "Toward a Reflexive Political Sociology of the European Union: Fields, Intellectuals and Politicians". We include papers that employ types of reflexive thinking to assess the recent political changes in the EU.

Paper List

Title Details
Bringing Pierre Bourdieu’s Reflexivity into Political Sociological Analysis of the EU View Paper Details
Deflating the Problem of Democratic Deficit by Reconceptualising the Agential Role of the Demos View Paper Details
New Challenges to Political Sociology from Changes in the EU View Paper Details
Othering the EU in the Polish Right-Wing Parties' Discourse: Aims, Strategies and Consequences View Paper Details
Uses and Abuses of Field Theory View Paper Details
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