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Values in European Politics (ValEUR)

Goal: Governing values, governing through values, governed by values? The European Union as a risk polity
Values at the core of European integration have been widely discussed in recent years due to several major evolutions in EU governance. Nevertheless, resistances showed that interpretations of these common values may differ.
References to values may have three incentives. Firstly, it may be a call to identity, memory and communicative resources in a quest for legitimization (governing through values). Secondly, it may come from the necessity to deal with ethical issues calling for normative policy choices (governing values). Thirdly, values may cause legal and political conflicts and challenge established balances of powers and regulation (governed by values). The EU has encountered the three scenarios. The hypothesis is that common patterns can still be found, turning the EU into a "risk polity", a political system where values become a usual part of European politics either as an answer to or a factor creating uncertainties.

Team project: Ramona Coman (co-promotor); François Foret (spokesperson) ; François Heinderyckx (co-promotor); Oriane Calligaro (post-doc); Tetiana Kudria (doc); Alvaro Oleart (doc).

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François Foret
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This book explains the increasing importance of value politics in Europe and Japan, shedding light on various arenas: social values; parties, elections and politics; public action, private sector and law; identity politics and religion; media and public spheres. It analyses how, against different but commensurable backgrounds, the rise of value politics alters (or not) the political game, for which purposes and with which effects. Applying both qualitative and quantitative methods from a wide range of primary and secondary sources, the comparison is organized by joining skills from experts of Japan and Europe and by systematizing a common analytical framework for the two cases. As such, it presents a revealing and unique analysis of the changing relationship between values and political behaviour in the two polities. Beyond the comparison, it also documents the opportunities and challenges underlying the interactions between Europe, Japan and the rest of the world; and the competition/combination between different versions of modernity. This book is of key interest to scholars and students of European studies and politics, Asian politics/studies, Japanese studies/politics and more broadly to comparative politics, sociology, cultural/media studies, and economics.
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Contribution to a forum for International Political Anthropology journal A spectre is haunting Europe: decline or even decadence. Is it so new, or the last occurrence to date of a familiar ghost? The critical distance of the “longue durée” offered by the historian or the “distant look” by the anthropologist suggest that today’s fears and doubts are not without precedent across time and space. The text ‘Decadence and the Phenomenon of Generations’ published in 1985 by Julien Freund is a powerful illustration of this iterative interrogation.
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The first ValEUR workshop The Role of Values in EU Governance: « Human Dignity » from Theory to Practice will take place on
Tuesday 6 December 2016, 3.30 pm – 8 pm
Institute for European Studies, Avenue FD Roosevelt 39, Brussels
This event aims at exploring the theoretical and empirical challenges raised by the growing politicization of value-loaded issues onto the European agenda. From the 1990s onwards, so-called “morality politics” has become increasingly salient at all levels of EU governance. It encompasses life and death matters putting at stake the normative definition of the person from birth (abortion, contraception, embryonic stem cell research) to death (euthanasia), including – among other things – commodification of the human body, gender, sexual orientation, and ways of life (family).
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François Foret
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Governing values, governing through values, governed by values? The European Union as a risk polity
Values at the core of European integration have been widely discussed in recent years due to several major evolutions in EU governance. Nevertheless, resistances showed that interpretations of these common values may differ.
References to values may have three incentives. Firstly, it may be a call to identity, memory and communicative resources in a quest for legitimization (governing through values). Secondly, it may come from the necessity to deal with ethical issues calling for normative policy choices (governing values). Thirdly, values may cause legal and political conflicts and challenge established balances of powers and regulation (governed by values). The EU has encountered the three scenarios. The hypothesis is that common patterns can still be found, turning the EU into a "risk polity", a political system where values become a usual part of European politics either as an answer to or a factor creating uncertainties.
Team project: Ramona Coman (co-promotor); François Foret (spokesperson) ; François Heinderyckx (co-promotor); Oriane Calligaro (post-doc); Tetiana Kudria (doc); Alvaro Oleart (doc).