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The spatialities of Europeanisation: territory, government and power in ‘EUrope’

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Abstract:

Europeanisation is now widely researched in the social sciences, but a geographical contribution to these debates is lacking. Yet Europeanisation's myriad socialisation and learning processes have been configured over centuries by territorial propinquity and sites of government and power, with construction and projection of these continent-wide processes by political elites integral to nation building and latterly European integration, that is the building of ‘EUrope’. We argue here that an examination of the under-researched scales and spaces of Europeanisation can furnish a more encompassing geographical understanding of this multifaceted suite of processes, and help address lacunae in contemporary social science accounts on Europeanisation's origins and contemporary manifestations under the imprimatur of European integration.

Keywords: Europeanisation; government; power; space; territory; ‘EUrope’

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2008.00309.x

Affiliations: 1: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, Email: j.r.a.clark@bham.ac.uk 2: UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy and UCD Dublin European Institute, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Publication date: July 1, 2008

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