The European Union and Conflict Transformati is a most welcome addition to the scholarly study of Europeanization for it is not only the best book available on the impact of the European Union on culture, politics and identity in the borderlands of Northern Ireland, but it may be the best book today on the politics of culture in European borderlands. McCall's compelling analysis of the politics of border life goes beyond Ireland to illustrate many of the problems and joys of national and regional integration that affect so many people across the continent.
Thomas M. Wilson, Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA
The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union in 2012 was a reminder of the role of European integration in peacebuilding after the Second World War. For the 'Founding Fathers' of the European integration project, cross-border-cooperation was an integral element in building Europe's peace. Yet, in a Western Europe largely at peace for generations, peacebuilding as a relevant objective for European integration may be questioned. Moreover, the contribution of cross-border cooperation to conflict amelioration may be challenged on the grounds of its overwhelming economic focus. However, enlargement into Central Eastern Europe highlights once again the necessity of a peacebuilding objective for the European Union because of the multitude of real and potential conflicts encompassed within its expanded policy orbit. Drawing on evidence from selected 'borderscapes', this study examines 25 years of European Union cross-border cooperation as conflict amelioration and assesses its prospects in a political climate that emphasises borders as security barriers.
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