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By Timothy A. Byrnes, Peter J. Katzenstein

With political controversies raging over matters corresponding to the donning of headscarves in colleges and the point out of Christianity within the ecu structure, non secular matters are of turning out to be significance in eu politics. during this quantity, Byrnes and Katzenstein research the influence that expansion to nations with various and more advantageous non secular traditions could have at the ecu as an entire, and particularly on its homogeneity and assumed secular nature. searching through the lens of the transnational spiritual groups of Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Islam, they argue that spiritual elements are hindrances instead of stepping stones towards the additional integration of Europe. All 3 spiritual traditions are advancing notions of eu identification and eu union that range considerably from how the eu integration approach is mostly understood by means of political leaders and students. This quantity makes a big addition to the fields of eu politics, political sociology, and the sociology of faith.

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Multiple modernities and secular Europeanization? 27 In the second half of the 1970s the Commission prepared a modest action program in the cultural sector, including the creation of European rooms in national museums and the creation of European Community cultural institutes. Although these initiatives did not succeed either, the Commission’s activity did lead to small institutional innovations, such as the creation of a Community Youth Orchestra and a Community public relations campaign. By and large, though, throughout the 1970s comprehensive and far-reaching proposals by the Commission and Parliament were blocked by a number of national governments: always by France intent on excluding the EU from the issue of cultural policy, almost always by the United Kingdom and Denmark, and frequently, because of its federal structure, by Germany.

All of the participants at a workshop at Colgate University in April 2004 gave me ample criticisms and suggestions, as did Tim Byrnes, friend, colleague, and co-editor, on that and all subsequent drafts. Robert Keohane, John Meyer, Vjekoslav Perica, Sabrina Ramet, Sidney Tarrow, Scott Thomas, and two anonymous readers for Cambridge University Press also offered insightful comments that helped me greatly in revising this chapter. At the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Studies, Kathleen Much helped improve my prose.

Against this track record of non-action, and with the political issue firmly settled in favor of national governments intent on preserving their exclusive political prerogatives on issues of culture, the Commission sought to make headway by pushing a few measures adopted at the regular meetings of the cultural ministers that had started in 1984, despite the continued lack of any institutional mandate by the Community (Shore, 1996: 479–80). The cumulative impact of the concrete measures adopted was modest at best.

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