Contesting Cosmopolitan Europe: Euroscepticism, Crisis and Borders

edited by James Foley and Umut Korkut
Protest and Social Movements
Amsterdam University Press, 2022
eISBN: 978-90-485-5390-7

The project of European integration has undergone a succession of shocks, beginning with the Eurozone crisis, followed by reactions to the sudden growth of irregular migration, and, most recently, the Coronavirus pandemic. These shocks have politicised questions related to the governance of borders and markets that for decades had been beyond the realm of contestation. For some time, these questions have been spilling over into domestic and European electoral politics, with the rise of “populist” and Eurosceptic parties. Increasingly, however, the crises have begun to reshape the liberal narrative that have been central to the European project. This book charts the rise of contestation over the meaning of “Europe”, particularly in light of the Coronavirus crisis and Brexit. Drawing together cutting edge, interdisciplinary scholarship from across the continent, it questions not merely the traditional conflict between European and nationalist politics, but the impact of contestation on the assumed “cosmopolitan” values of Europe.

James Foley received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, with his doctoral research focusing on Scottish and British nationalism.

Umut Korkut is Professor of International Politics at Glasgow Caledonian University. He leads three Horizon 2020 and Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund funded projects, including RESPOND: Multi-level Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond.

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