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Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series

Migration and the Crisis of Democracy in Contemporary Europe

Authors: Michael, Christoph M.

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  • Links key debates in European politics and provides a rereading of European migration history
  • Contextualizes the 2015/2016 Syrian refugee crisis within the current challenges to European liberal democracy
  • Locates the refugee at the center of democratic theory
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This innovative and thought-provoking study puts forth a compelling analysis of the constitutive nexus at the heart of the European refugee conundrum. It maps and historically contextualises some of the distinctive challenges that pervasive ethnic and cultural pluralism present to real politics as on the level of political theorizing. By systematically integrating hitherto insufficiently linked research perspectives in a novel way, it lays open a number of paradoxical constellations and regressive tendencies in contemporary European democracy. It thereby redirects attention to the ways in which liberal thought and liberal democratic institutions shape, interact with, and may even provide justification for illiberal and exclusionary practices. This book thus makes an important contribution to the analysis of post-migrant realities in Europe and the ways in which they are defined by imperial legacies, punitive migration regimes, the culturalization of mainstream politics, and the discursive construction of a European Other.


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Christoph M. Michael is Senior Research Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. His research interests lie at the intersection of political theory, comparative politics, anthropology and the history of political thought. 

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“At a time of palpable anxiety in Europe about borders, cultural sovereignties, and the defendable integrity of a supposedly superior political tradition, Christoph Michael's acutely drawn and impressively grounded treatment of the migration question provides admirably surefooted analytical guidance. The challenging consequences of unfamiliar cultural intrusions for the self-confidence and future continuity of a liberal democratic outlook have rarely been so persuasively laid out.”

Geoff Eley, Karl Pohrt Distinguished Professor of Contemporary History, University of Michigan, USA


“Michael provides an engaged and engaging analysis of the political contestation of migration in contemporary Europe that will be essential reading for anyone interested in these questions. Michael shows how the politicisation of migration actually represents much wider debates about both the idiom and the practice of liberal democracy in Europe. By arguing that the backlash against multiculturalism in Europe represents a wider resistance to diversity, Michael goes to the heart of debates about the nation state and its future in Europe by arguing that this is also a backlash against the emancipatory core of liberal democracy itself.”

 —Andrew Geddes, Chair in Migration Studies, European University Institute, Italy

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Migration and the Crisis of Democracy in Contemporary Europe
Authors
Series Title
Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-64069-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-64069-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-64068-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 342
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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