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Title: The Europeanization of politics of discrimination and the European public sphere
Author: Numan, Berna
ISNI:       0000 0004 2741 0480
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis examines the Europeanization of debates on discrimination and the European Union Anti-Discrimination Policy from 1997-2008 in a comparative longitudinal study. The thesis therefore addresses the general theoretical debates on politicization of European integration and the need for a communicative space enabling debates across Europe on different policy areas. Studies already show attention of the general public to the regularly held EU summits and Treaty negotiations. When it comes to other policy areas or secondary law, the European Union is infamous for its technical outlook and a research on the Europeanization and Deliberation of such policy areas had therefore been viewed as unnecessary since low levels of politicization and Europeanization would be expected. However, discrimination as an already politicized policy area where there are varying goodness of fit of EU member state institutions and as an area of policy that crosses beyond market boundaries, promises to provide first evidence of its kind. The comparative longitudinal research design enables, unlike all the previous episodic studies, a process tracing of how the development of this new policy area was debated. The empirical evidence suggests some level of Europeanization of the public spheres of the member states on the issue of discrimination. This is evidenced by the presence and visibility of EU institutional actors and actors from other member states, as well as the politicized debates on the transposition of some aspects of the EU Anti- Discrimination Directives. The findings of the thesis support the 'goodness of fit' hypothesis that member states with a misfit tend to have more Europeanized debates.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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