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From an Instrument To The Instrumentalization of "European Opinion"

Abstract

Through their very existence, European studies tend to reinforce the certainty that the European Union is the product and the matrix of an unprecedented political process- an exception to the rule laid out by classical theories on the institutionalisation of Nation-States. The supposed sui generis properties of the EU are largely responsible for the fact that traditional models of analysis of political phenomena are not applied to European political phenomena. However, the epistemological and empirical arguments to support the notion of a radical alterity of the political material - be it conceptual, human, administrative, legal - that has built Europe as a Community require closer examination. This article will argue that beyond the specific object of our study, the EU is a political object that requires the same sociological approaches as other political objects where this approach seems only "natural". On the basis of a survey conducted in the services of the European Commission's Directorate General Communication , I apply to the EU communication apparatus the same hypotheses that are commonly applied to more "classical" political institutions. This continuist stance in no way negates or underestimates the specificity of the "culture" and decision-making procedures of the EU.
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halshs-00512309 , version 1 (30-08-2010)
halshs-00512309 , version 2 (17-12-2012)
halshs-00512309 , version 3 (24-11-2013)

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Philippe Aldrin. From an Instrument To The Instrumentalization of "European Opinion": A historical sociology of Community instruments for the measure of opinions and management of the public space. Manchester University Press. A Political Sociology of The European Union. Reassessing Constructivism, Manchester University Press - Palgrave MacMillan, pp.206-224, 2010, Europe In Change. ⟨halshs-00512309v2⟩
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