Cultural Diversity, European Identity and the Legitimacy of the EU

Cultural Diversity, European Identity and the Legitimacy of the EU

Studies in EU Reform and Enlargement series

Edited by Dieter Fuchs and Hans-Dieter Klingemann

As a consequence of various rounds of EU enlargements, the degree of cultural diversity in Europe has intensified – a phenomenon which is increasingly perceived as problematic by many EU citizens. This fascinating book not only empirically explores the current state of the identity and the legitimacy of the EU as viewed by its citizens, but also evaluates their attitudes towards it.

Preface and introduction

Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Dieter Fuchs

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy


Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Dieter Fuchs This volume owes its existence to the ‘Wider Europe, Deeper Integration? Network of Excellence,’ co-funded by the European Commission within the Sixth Framework Programme. The lifetime of the project, which was coordinated by Wolfgang Wessels, Cologne University, extended from November 2005 to the end of May 2009. Hans-Dieter Klingemann (Sciences Po Paris) and Dieter Fuchs (University of Stuttgart) organized the current volume. They were asked to contribute to the general theme of ‘Democracy, Legitimacy and Identities: Citizens in the Construction of Europe’ (Work package V) with a specific focus on ‘EU enlargement, cultural diversity and national identity’ (Team 12). Klingemann and Fuchs recruited a team of young, aspiring social scientists coming from various universities: the University of Amsterdam (Catherine E. de Vries), the Free University Berlin (Andrea Schlenker-Fischer), the University of Bordeaux (Isabelle Guinaudeau), Corvinus University of Budapest (Judit Kis Varga), the University of Maastricht (Christine Arnold), Oxford University (Julia De Clerck-Sachsse), Sciences Po Paris (Olivier Ruchet, Vincent Tiberj), the University of Stuttgart (Christian Schneider), and the University of Zurich (Simon Bornschier). Judit Kis Varga and Vincent Tiberj participated in most of the team’s activities, but, for different reasons, were not able to contribute a chapter to this volume. Christine Arnold, Catherine de Vries and Christian Schneider joined the project in a later phase. The team met four times at Sciences Po Paris in Dijon (9–11 December 2005; 24–26 November 2006; 2–3 November 2007; 23–24 April 2009), and twice each...