The project

 
 

HOW VALUES AND RELIGION IMPACT ATTITUDES AND IDENTITIES TOWARDS THE EU POLITY AND POLICIES  

GOODGOD aims to analyze dynamics of the legitimization of the European Union (EU) in its interaction with social representations. In its search for a founding narrative, the EU has shifted from one key notion to another to justify its creation, unity and agency. Heritage, culture, identity, values, way of life have been successive mantra of European communication.

Looking at the broader picture, European institutions have constantly oscillated between two strategies: first, a charismatic discourse mirroring classic nation-state building (myths of origin, community of destiny, cultural conformity and civic role models) and occasionally referring to religious roots and norms;
second, a functionalist rhetoric advocating the outputs of an efficient European governance and relying on indirect symbolic and policy tools copied on the private sector.

The purpose of GOODGOD is to map some features of this quest for legitimization and to investigate what this process reveals about the constant recombination of politics, culture, religion, society and market in Europe.

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