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Post-national Europe - without cosmopolitan guarantees
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0497-473X
2009 (English)In: Race & class : a journal on racism, empire and globalisation, ISSN 0306-3968, Vol. 50, no 4, 20-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For some years, a growing crowd of cosmopolitan Left-liberal scholars and intellectuals have been taking aim at the nation state, holding it responsible for numerous grave problems facing Europe and the wider world, ranging from growing anti-immigrant sentiments to the absence of a counterweight to US neoconservative unilateralism. In this view, more Europe, as in more supranational EU integration, is said to be the key solution, paving the way for a progressive, human rights-based cosmopolitan Europe capable of transcending the vices of national self-interest. This article offers a critique of such an EU-based cosmopolitan promise, focusing primarily on asylum policy. Since there has been an increased EU involvement in asylum policy in recent years, it makes for an ideal context to discuss and test the cosmopolitan more Europe thesis. It is argued that, while there are as many good reasons to remain critical of the nation state as there are injustices committed in its name, recognition of this fact cannot be allowed to spill over uncritically into the nowadays fashionable contention that progress will automatically result from diminishing national sovereignty and the shift of policy-making to the EU level. As the case of Europeanised asylum policy demonstrates, there are no guarantees whatsoever to that effect.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 50, no 4, 20-37 p.
Keyword [en]
cosmopolitanism, European integration, nation state, refugees, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17494DOI: 10.1177/0306396809102994OAI: diva2:209865
Original Publication:Peo Hansen, Post-national Europe - without cosmopolitan guarantees, 2009, RACE and CLASS, (50), 4, 20-37. SAGE Publications (UK and US) from: 2009-04-05 Created: 2009-03-27 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved

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