Research

EUROSPHERE provides an innovative perspective on the notion of public sphere. In our approach, we deploy what we call the “diversity perspective”. We endeavor to identify elements of openness in various sub-European communicative public spaces towards the idea of a European Public Sphere. While doing this, we will treat elites/experts, political parties, social movements, citizens’ initiatives, and electronic/print media both as political/social actors and as components of communicative public spaces. We will assess these actors’ contribution to the articulation of a European public sphere. Thematically, EUROSPHERE focuses on the two following important policy dimensions:

  • The internal integration and cohesion of society
    • European constitution
    • European citizenship and identity
  • The boundaries of public sphere and of the demos that it accommodates
    • European enlargement
    • Mobility and migration policy
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