Citizens in Europe

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, IWM library

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This interdisciplinary collection of essays by a constitutionalist and a political sociologist examines how fragmented societies can be held together by appropriate and effective constitutional arrangements providing for bonds of democratic citizenship.

Exploring the political order dilemmas of capitalist democracies, the authors address moral and institutional prerequisites on which the deepening of European integration depends. The desirability of such deepening is currently contested, with the membership of some states (and their compliance with the spirit of the Union’s treaties) at stake.

The authors do not consider the ‘renationalisation’ of Europe to be a feasible (and even less so a desirable) way out of Europe’s current malaise. Yet whatever the way out, charting it calls not just for the vision and imagination of political elites but also for the intellectual efforts of social scientists. With this book, Preuß and Offe contribute to those efforts.

Claus Offe, Non-Resident Permanent Fellow at the IWM since 2015 and a member of the Insitute’s Academic Advisory Board, teaches Political Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He completed his PhD at the University of Frankfurt and his Habilitation at the University of Konstanz. In Germany, he has held chairs for Political Science and Political Sociology at the Universities of Bielefeld (1975-1989) and Bremen (1989-1995), as well as at the Humboldt-University of Berlin (1995-2005). He has worked as fellow and visiting professor at, among others, the Institutes for Advanced Study in Stanford, Princeton, and the Australian National University as well as Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and the New School University, New York.

Pawel Marczewski is Head of Publications at the IWM.