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Political communication, institutional cultures and linearities of organisational practice: a discourse-ethnographic approach to institutional change in the European Union Michał Krzyzanowski

While cultures and identities have traditionally been the core topics in critical-analytic research

on the European Union (EU) institutions (cf. Krzyz˙anowski, 2010; for overview), they have

often been explored in institutional spaces such as the European Parliament (EP) (cf. inter

alia, Wodak, 2009) or the European Commission (CEC). However, although surely different

in terms of their internal (national, political, linguistic) heterogeneity, those spaces are based

on a rather fixed set of practices which help sustain their distinct institutional/organisational culture as well as assure their continuity (i.e. linearity). Those institutions are also characterised

by the process of the so-called engrenage (institutional immersion; cf. below and Abe´le`s, 2000,

2004; Shore, 2000; Shore & Abe´le`s, 2004) which, by socialising individual officials into a set of

institutionally-specific practices and schemas, assures the linearity of those institutions often

based on (individual/collective) imaginaries of Europeanness rather than on pronounced awareness of institutional past and future.