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The Politics of Everyday Europe: Constructing Authority in the European Union

Kathleen R. McNamara


How do political authorities build support for themselves and their rule? Doing so is key to accruing power, but it can be a complicated affair. This book shows how social processes can legitimate new rulers and make their exercise of power seem natural. Historically, political authorities have used carefully crafted symbols and practices to create a cultural infrastructure for rule, most notably through nationalism and state-building. The European Union (EU), as a new governance form, faces a particularly acute set of challenges in naturalizing itself. However, a slow transformation in the sy ... More

Keywords: European Union, authority, cultural infrastructure, symbols and practices, legitimacy, comparative political development, state building, European identity, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716235
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen R. McNamara, author
Associate Professor and Director, Mortara Center for International Studies, Georgetown University