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The private life of politics
Author: Bilge Firat

Turkey’s Europeanisation saga, which began in 1959 and climaxed in 2005 with the opening of membership negotiations with the European Union (EU), presents a unique opportunity to understand how interstate actors negotiate their interests; what ‘common interests’ look like from their historically and culturally contingent perspectives; and what happens when actors work for their private, professional, public, personal or institutional interests, even when those interests may go against their mandate. Honing in on the role of diplomats and lobbyists during negotiations for Turkey’s contentious EU membership bid, this book presents intricate, backstage conflicts of power and interests and negotiations of compromises, which drove this candidate country both closer to and farther from the EU. The reader will find in the book the everyday actors and agents of Turkish Europeanisation and learn what their work entails, which interests they represent and how they do what they do. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Brussels, the book argues that public, private and corporate actors, voicing economic, political and bureaucratic interests from all corners of Europe, sought access to markets and polities through the Turkish bid instead of pursuing their mandate of facilitating Turkey’s EU accession. Although limited progress was achieved in Turkey’s actual EU integration, diplomats and lobbyists from both sides of the negotiating table contradictorily affirmed their expertise as effective negotiators, seeking more status and power. This is the first book-length account of the EU–Turkey power-interest negotiations in situ, from the perspective of its long-term actors and agents.

Bryan Fanning

belonging also pertain, must hit a moving target. In considering what this might be in the Irish case, Chapter 2 addresses the following question: why did a country adept at squeezing out surplus family members since the Famine, one that defined itself as monocultural, one that found it difficult to accommodate its small Jewish, Protestant and Traveller minorities, somehow embrace largescale ­immigration? The focus of this book is predominantly on the role of social policy rather than symbolic politics in promoting or impeding integration. A core argument is that

in Immigration and social cohesion in the Republic of Ireland
Artistic performances and commencement speeches from presidential couples
Andra Gillespie

that Democratic presidents and consorts tend to be vocal on issues related to diversity and civil rights. Moreover, the findings on staging are important. Unlike their predecessors, the Obamas clearly made an effort to accept commencement invitations from HBCUs. This clearly evinces an attempt at symbolic politics. It is important to consider the implications of these findings. In subtle ways, the Obamas presented a more diverse tableau and raised issues on the national 162 162 Race and the Obama Administration agenda that merited additional discussion. Given

in Race and the Obama Administration
The 2008 Italy–Libya Friendship Treaty and thereassembling of Fortress Europe
Chiara De Cesari

suggested that some apologies represent cynical attempts to ‘close the memory of an event’ (Howard-Hassmann 2008: 5) and that their symbolic politics works in some cases as a ‘diversion’ to facilitate realpolitik (Nobles 2008: 151). Nevertheless, little attention has been paid to such ‘cynical’ apologies, which tend to be viewed as unfortunate exceptions. I contend, however, that looking at these can yield interesting insights into fundamental flaws in the politics of regret. The Italy–Libya Treaty cannot be easily dismissed as ‘just’ a case of cynical apology since it

in The political materialities of borders
Descriptive representation and rhetoric in the Obama Administration
Andra Gillespie

95 4 The right person saying the right thing: Descriptive representation and rhetoric in the Obama Administration Symbolic politics—​the gestures, appearances, and performances politicians make to establish goodwill among their constituents—​ are clearly less important than the substantive laws and policies which govern actual behavior and have the potential to improve the status of African Americans. However, their significance should not be underestimated. One of the reasons for not underestimating the importance of symbolic politics is that, sometimes, the

in Race and the Obama Administration
Public opinion and black attitudes toward the Obama presidency
Andra Gillespie

Here, Barack Obama’s ‘unwavering support’ amongst the African American demographic is studied by taking a look at a satirical sketch from SNL as well as real data from Gallup’s analytics. The chapter discusses the dichotomy between this support and the worsening conditions generally for black Americans during the Obama Administration and comments upon why this may be.

The chapter then assesses the reaction of African American public opinion on the record of the Obama Presidency by turning to black citizens themselves to answer the question of whether ‘symbolic politics’ is enough. Using public opinion data, black Americans are asked how satisfied they are with President Obama’s performance on racial issues and determine the relationship between satisfaction with the president’s racial performance and general job approval ratings and enthusiastic electoral support for President Obama in 2012 by using qualitative and quantitative data sources.

in Race and the Obama Administration
Substance, symbols, and hope
Author: Andra Gillespie

The election of Barack Obama was a milestone in US history with tremendous symbolic importance for the black community. But was this symbolism backed up by substance? Did ordinary black people really benefit under the first black president?

This is the question that Andra Gillespie sets out to answer in Race and the Obama Administration. Using a variety of methodological techniques—from content analysis of executive orders to comparisons of key indicators, such as homeownership and employment rates under Clinton, Bush, and Obama— the book charts the progress of black causes and provides valuable perspective on the limitations of presidential power in addressing issues of racial inequality. Gillespie uses public opinion data to investigate the purported disconnect between Obama’s performance and his consistently high ratings among black voters, asking how far the symbolic power of the first black family in the White House was able to compensate for the compromises of political office.

Scholarly but accessible, Race and the Obama Administration will be of interest to students and lecturers in US politics and race studies, as well as to general readers who want to better understand the situation of the black community in the US today and the prospects for its improvement.

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Lessons from an anti-case
Bilge Firat

and amendments to existing legislation and secondary legislation, and has engaged in institution-building and other relevant work to align with the EU acquis, and has pledged to do more. These legislative reforms took place, however, within a discursive framework (per Lukes’ three-dimensional power) that largely shifted from a direct interest in membership to symbolic politics – merely the appearance of an interest in membership. While EU and Turkish politicians and bureaucrats debated how to govern Turkey within a symbolic political discursive framework, they made

in Diplomacy and lobbying during Turkey’s Europeanisation
Social and cultural modernity beyond the nation-state
Author: Shivdeep Grewal

German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has written extensively on the European Union. This is the only in-depth account of his project. Published now in a second edition to coincide with the celebration of his ninetieth birthday, a new preface considers Habermas’s writings on the eurozone and refugee crises, populism and Brexit, and the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.

Placing an emphasis on the conception of the EU that informs Habermas’s political prescriptions, the book is divided into two main parts. The first considers the unfolding of 'social modernity' at the level of the EU. Among the subjects covered are Habermas's concept of juridification, the latter's affinities with integration theories such as neofunctionalism, and the application of Habermas's democratic theory to the EU. The second part addresses 'cultural modernity' in Europe – 'Europessimism' is argued to be a subset of the broader cultural pessimism that assailed the project of modernity in the late twentieth century, and with renewed intensity in the years since 9/11.

Interdisciplinary in approach, this book engages with European/EU studies, critical theory, political theory, international relations, intellectual history, comparative literature, and philosophy. Concise and clearly written, it will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals with an interest in these disciplines, as well as to a broader readership concerned with the future of Europe

Place, space and discourse
Editors: Christine Agius and Dean Keep

Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.