Redefinitions of EU borders (enlargements, Brexit), geopolitical challenges (conflicts, migrations, terrorism, environmental risks) and the economic and financial crises have triggered debates on the common values that hold European countries and citizens together, justify public action and ensure the sustainability of European governance.

This book discusses the genesis of and increasing references to "European values", their appropriation by diverse groups of actors and their impact on public action. It argues that European values are a broad and flexible symbolic repertoire, instrumental to serving diverging ends, and a resource for both negotiation and conflicts. Looking at the broader picture, the book reflects on the role of values in the institutionalization of the EU as a political order and paves the way to an assessment of its singularity in comparison with other polities across time and space.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in EU politics, comparative politics, IR, public policy, sociology and cultural studies.

chapter |20 pages

Analysing European values

An introduction
ByFrançois Foret, Oriane Calligaro

part I|59 pages

Human dignity and the rise of morality politics

chapter 1|23 pages

The duality of human dignity in Europe

ByAurora Plomer

chapter 2|19 pages

Human dignity in EU bioethics politics

A bridge-building incentive or a conflict-driving force?
ByÉmilie Mondo

chapter 3|15 pages

Conflict over values in the European multilevel space

The case of morality issues
ByEva-Maria Euchner, Isabelle Engeli

part II|35 pages

Rule of law and the enmeshment of political and legal repertoires

chapter 4|16 pages

Values in EU governance

How and why do political and social actors stand for the rule of law?
ByRamona Coman

chapter 5|17 pages

The values of the Court of Justice of the European Union

BySabine Saurugger, Fabien Terpan

part III|64 pages

Democracy and its policy avatars

chapter 6|18 pages

Transparency in the European crisis

Between ethicization and economicization 1
ByMarylou Hamm

chapter 7|20 pages

From democracy by proxy to a stakeholder democracy

The changing faces of a founding value of the EU
ByPhilippe Aldrin, Nicolas Hubé

chapter 8|17 pages

Overcoming the taboo

Disputes over European values via the European Citizens’ Initiative
ByAlvaro Oleart, Luis Bouza

chapter |7 pages


Resilience and elusiveness of European values
ByFrançois Foret, Oriane Calligaro