Saturday 29 January 2011

12 a.m.-2.30 p.m.

State project Europe
The state is still the fundamental precondition in order to stabilize the capitalistic mode of production which is inherently conflicting and crisis-prone. Thereby, it is no longer limited to the nation state. Social and political actors refer to a far more expanded field today which includes different dimensions ranging from global, supranational, and national, regional and local levels down to urban district level. Economy as well as the order of the political sphere have undergone a differentiation and flexibilisation which is characterized by overlapping and superimposed spatial dimensions. In this ”postnational” resp. ”multi-scalar” constellation it is increasingly up to the European level of statehood to regulate the social conflicts.
Jörg Kronauer and Sebastian Wolff