The contemporary debate about European constitutionalism leaves us with a dilemma between the views of social democrats and economic liberals in respect to (political) European integration. In this article I show how Habermas's deliberative theory of democracy can overcome the resulting false dichotomy between global markets and national democracy, but also discuss the limits of his conception of the public sphere for the heterogeneous polity of the new Europe. My aim is to develop an "interdiscursive" concept of the public sphere based on Bakhtin's dialogical theory of understanding which helps to elucidate how the notion of identity and citizenship can function in a post-national epoch.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science
- Political Science and International Relations