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The Europe of Elites: A Study into the Europeanness of Europe's Political and Economic Elites

Heinrich Best, György Lengyel, and Luca Verzichelli


It has been widely acknowledged that the process of European integration and unification was started and is still pursued as an elite project, designed to put an end to debilitating conflicts and rivalries by consolidating a common power base and by pooling Europe’s economic resources. Nevertheless elites have remained the known unknowns of the European integration process. The present volume is designed to change this. Based on surveys of political and economic elites in 18 European countries, it is a comprehensive study of the visions, fears, cognitions, and values of members of national par ... More

Keywords: European integration, multilevel governance, representation, political elite, economic elite, elite theory, Europeanization, Europeanness, European Union, European institutions, European identity, European citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199602315
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602315.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heinrich Best, editor
Professor of Sociology, University of Jena, Germany

György Lengyel, editor
Professor of Sociology, Corvinus University of Budapest

Luca Verzichelli, editor
Professor Political Science, University of Siena

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1 Introduction: European integration as an elite project

Heinrich Best György Lengyel Luca Verzichelli

4 National elites’ preferences on the Europeanization of policy making

JoséReal-Dato,Borbála Göncz,andGyörgy Lengyel

7 Patterns of regional diversity in political elites’ attitudes

Mladen Lazic Miguel Jerez-Mir Vladimir Vuletic Rafael Vazquez-Garcia

8 The elites–masses gap in European integration

Wolfgang C. Muller Marcelo Jenny Alejandro Ecker

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