Collective private action and sustainable Europe

This chapter addresses the twin challenges of the place and value-content of the European Union's (EU) Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) through offering an alternative assessment grounded in an inclusive ontology. It shows how a range of actors along the fish farming supply chain has mobilised around a politics of European sustainability as the primary struggle for their industry. The chapter concerns the question of the sustainability of the feeds used in fish farming. It presents two cases where the actors have 'owned the problem' of sustainability of feeds. The first case concerns the re-authorisation of the usage of Processed Animal Proteins (PAPs) in fish feeds by a comitology committee, whilst the second tackles the setting of sustainability standards for EU-produced salmon. Finally, the chapter describes that in the case of sustainable feeds, very different interpretations of ecological modernisation are in evidence and institutionalised in policy instruments, whether public or private.

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European Union re-imagined

Dominant visions have tended towards imagining Europe as an object - an entity of one sort or another. This book explores the different spaces of Europe/European Union (EU). The first part of the book presents research critically examining actor practices within familiar spaces of action - the European Parliament and the European Commission. It makes the case for the salience of research which distinguishes between spaces of 'frontstage' and 'backstage' politics and shows the interactions between the two. One cannot understand how EU gender mainstreaming policy really works unless one engages with the processes and actors involved. The second part presents research showing how, through their political work, a range of individuals and groups have sought to reconcile Europe with social representations of their industry or their nation to bring about change. It presents a case study of impact assessment of flatfish stocks in the North Sea, and contributes to the cross-fertilisation of Science and Technology Studies with a political sociology of the EU. The book shows how actors are pursuing regional interests, and the work they do in referencing Europe promotes agendas in the 'home' contexts of Scotland and canton Zurich. The final part of the book explores practices of EU government which either have been under-explored hitherto or are newly emerging. These are the knowledge work of a European consultant; measurement work to define and create a European education policy space; collective private action to give social meaning to sustainable Europe.

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Governing Europe’s spaces: European Union re-imagined

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book suggests that the holding of inclusive assumptions enables us to think about Europe differently. It presents the research of critically examining the actor practices within familiar spaces of action of the European Parliament and the European Commission. The book then presents research showing how, through their political work, a range of individuals and groups have sought to reconcile Europe with social representations of their industry or their nation to bring about change. It explores the practices of the European Union (EU) government, which either have been under-explored hitherto or have the newly emerging knowledge work of a European consultant. The book also the explores measurement work to define and create a European education policy space. It provides the collective private action to give social meaning to sustainable Europe.

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