The concept of European public sphere within the European public discourse

  • Sanja Ivic Research Fellow, Institute for European Studies, Serbia; Associate Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations, Prague, Czech Republic
Keywords: European, public, sphere, discourse, identity, values

Abstract

This inquiry analyzes the concept of ‘European public sphere’ within the European public discourse. In particular, it explores the European Communication Strategy for creating active European citizenship and European public sphere. The European Commission’s Plan D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate failed, because it employed homogeneous and static concepts of public sphere and European values. In this way it reduced deliberation to a mere debate. The European Year of Citizens was not sufficiently successful for the same reason. It involved citizens debated about EU rights, but it did not produce deliberation. The purpose of this inquiry is to show the dialectical relation between ideas of European values, European identity and European public sphere.  This paper emphasizes performative nature of European public sphere, European identity and European values. These concepts may be perceived as grand narratives which aim at producing universal truths.

Article first published online: 16 OCT 2017

Author Biography

Sanja Ivic, Research Fellow, Institute for European Studies, Serbia; Associate Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations, Prague, Czech Republic
Sanja Ivic is Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations, Prague and a Research Fellow at the Institute for European Studies, Serbia. She is a mentor at the Pathways Online School of Philosophy, UK. She completed her Postdoctoral research at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Paris 10. She cooperates with various international scientific institutes and trams. Her publications include books and articles on various subjects in the field of European studies and philosophy.
Published
2017-11-14
How to Cite
Ivic, S. (2017). The concept of European public sphere within the European public discourse. Etikk I Praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, 11(2), 79-94. https://doi.org/10.5324/eip.v11i2.1959
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Artikler - Articles