Performing Europe
Backstage versus frontstage politics in the European Parliament
in Governing Europe’s spaces
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This chapter describes the consequences for our conceptualisation and study of politics and hence of the working practices of the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and European Parliament (EP) officials. It then describes how re-conceptualising politics enables us to simultaneously re-conceptualise Europe. The chapter explores these general questions through the making of three analytical shifts. First, the chapter proposes an inclusive ontological definition of politics from within a discourse-analytical approach. Having defined politics, the second analytical shift concerns how to study politics. Third shift focuses on the place of politics to include not only the 'frontstage' but also the 'backstage' and to show the implications of this shift for our understanding of the working practices of the EP. The chapter summarises recent research on the procedures and workings of the EP from a political science perspective. It adopts a discourse-historical approach (DHA).

Governing Europe’s spaces

European Union re-imagined

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