The economic crisis in Europe exposes the European Union's (EU) political fragility. How a polity made of very different states can live up to the motto Europe united in diversity' is difficult to envisage in practice. the thesis explores, first of all, if European unity (and what kind) is desirable at all. Second, it presents a methodology running throughout the Series 'analogical hermeneutics' to approach the problem of unity. Third, it conceptualises the source of unity as political identity (and solidarity). Fourth, it advances that such identity could be found in a shared, analogical language: the political culture of human rights which is arguably common to all EU present and potential member states. Fifth, it submits the conditions under which such political culture could ground political identity (through an open public sphere). Not withstanding that the economic crisis can be solved by means of a sound economic strategy (which is not the main object of my work), any successful economic strategy requiresÂ”as a preconditionÂ”a certain degree of political unity (the central concern of my research).
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||09 Aug 2013|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|