Habermas on people-building in the European Union

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Habermas maintains that neoliberalism precludes the building of a European demos and entails a regression towards the exclusionary but still democratic nation state. Although this article agrees with Habermas’s claim regarding the regressive impact of neoliberalism, it argues that this regression is best described as moving not towards an exclusionary but still democratic national people but rather towards an illiberal, anti-democratic nation state.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 581-600
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Theory
Issue number4
Early online date11 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • European demos
  • Nation state
  • Nationalism
  • Neoliberalism
  • Public sphere


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