Habermas on people-building in the European Union

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Abstract

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)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Theory
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Feb 2021

Keywords

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

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