This book shines new light on the political system of the European Union (EU) by focusing on civic resources as a keystone of the EU’s ability to sustain. Less-tangible resources such as trust, solidarity, mutual recognition and citizens’ social and political participation have been, until now, largely ignored in the research on European integration.

Due to the fundamental changes to the EU in recent years and the challenges ahead, European citizens have become increasingly critical of a long-lasting unification process in Europe. This volume theoretically and empirically examines how the European citizens themselves may contribute to the long-term effectiveness, legitimacy and endurance of the EU. This book aims to examine the issues associated with the utilization of civic resources by the EU, and the ability of European citizens to develop transnational civic resources. Expert contributors in the field develop a framework to understand and explore the potential of citizens in the uncertain future of the EU.

Civic Resources and the Future of the European Union will be of interest to students and scholars of European Politics and European Union Studies.

part |89 pages

Trust, identity and support for the EU

chapter |22 pages

What does the EU mean to you personally?

Citizens' images of and support for the European Union
ByNicola Bücker

chapter |21 pages

Trust in co-Europeans and support for European unification

Extending the identity approach
ByJan Delhey

chapter |22 pages

‘In the Union we trust'?

Institutional confidence and citizens' support for supranational decision-making
ByViktoria Kaina

part |116 pages

Civic resources, recognition and citizenship

chapter |21 pages

Mobilizing civic resources through e-participation in the European public sphere

Problem-solving, re-legitimizing or decoupling?
BySimon Smith

chapter |50 pages

Conceptualizing (and tentatively mapping) the EU's social constituency

ByJohn Erik Fossum, Marit Eldholm

part |31 pages

Conceptual and theoretical considerations

chapter |8 pages

From crisis to constitution?

Europe's path from culture to politics
ByEnno Rudolph