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Europe and the political: from axiological monism to pluralistic dialogism

Sakwa, Richard (2017) Europe and the political: from axiological monism to pluralistic dialogism. East European Politics, 33 (3). pp. 406-425. ISSN 2159-9165. E-ISSN 2159-9173. (doi:10.1080/21599165.2017.1326099)

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“The political” represents a moment in which actors recognise autonomy and equality as constitutive values in the agonistic search for appropriate open-ended political outcomes. The tutelary, pedagogical and disciplinary practices of the depoliticised European Union (EU) undermine the foundations of equality in diplomatic and political engagement between continental actors. The relationship becomes axiological, where issues are deemed to have been resolved through some sort of anterior pre-political arrangement. This is a type of ahistorical political monism that ultimately claims to speak for all of Europe. The return of “the political” allows a more generous and pluralistic politics to emerge based on genuine dialogical foundations in which self and other engage as equals and are mutually transformed by that engagement.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/21599165.2017.1326099
Uncontrolled keywords: Monism, finalité, the political, dialogism, European Union, Russia
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Rubrick Biegon
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2017 16:15 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:14 UTC
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