Framing the Subjects and Objects of Contemporary EU Law
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Framing the Subjects and Objects of Contemporary EU Law

Edited by Samo Bardutzky and Elaine Fahey

This timely book invites the reader to explore the lexicon of ‘subjects’ and ‘objects’ of EU law as a platform from which several dilemmas and omissions of EU law can be researched. It includes a number of case studies from different fields of law that deploy this lexicon, structuring the contributions around three principal elements of EU law: its transformations, crises, and external-internal dynamics.
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Chapter 4: Subjects and technologies of European governance: reflections on suspect crossings

Emilios Christodoulidis

Abstract

One of the ways in which the social dimension of EU integration is managed is through devices that displace collective-democratic self-determination in favour of ‘soft’ forms of coordination that favour objective standards over subjective choices. One of the key theorisations that capture the forms of this substitution is Actor-Network Theory. This contribution addresses the more subtle forms of the displacements that such devices achieve in EU thinking, mainly in the use of indicators, and the reorganisation of the field of action and intervention they imply. Keywords: indicators, Actor-Network theory, governance

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