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Devenir les ambassadeurs de l'Europe : Une lecture politique de la première expérience de démocratie délibérative européenne

Abstract : "Become Europe's ambassadors" A political analysis of the first pan-European Deliberative Poll experiment The "first pan-European Deliberative Poll" - Tomorrow's Europe - took place in the European Parliament buildings in Brussels in October 2007. Using their in situ observations, the authors propose to analyze the various representations of the "Europe entrepreneurs" who imagined and organized this European public space in miniature. For three days, they watched how four hundred people from the twenty-seven EU member-states managed to "talk about the future of Europe" within a "scientifically proven" framework. Beyond the intellectual and political debate on the artificialness or non-representativeness of this incarnation of "European citizenship", the authors are primarily interested in the representations of institutions - here the EU institutions, think tanks and other partners of European public affairs - on people's perceptions of Europe. In the analysis, the authors use scientific theories and methods (primarily political science), the prescribed protocol for the "deliberation", the communication and media strategies of Tomorrow's Europe presenting Europhile interculturalism as a way of building a European public sphere. In the end, the experiment can be likened to an experience of a new policy instrument; a policy instrument able to construct "the" European civil society and make its opinion predictable.
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Philippe Aldrin, Nicolas Hubé. Devenir les ambassadeurs de l'Europe : Une lecture politique de la première expérience de démocratie délibérative européenne. Politique européenne, l'Harmattan, 2011, pp.95-134. ⟨halshs-00626364v2⟩

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