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Empire, 'governing from the distance' and the mitigation of violence: towards a novel policy framework for EU politics

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Hartmut Behr


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‘Governing from the distance’ is a typical characteristic for the government of empires and their centre-periphery relations to the peoples imperialized in geographically distant areas. As all forms of government, ‘governing from the distance’ is based upon, and is producing and re-producing, political violence. This applies to all imperial, i.e., ‘governing from the distance’-forms of governing and thus, too, to the European Union – which even though some might contest its similarity with empire, certainly does exert forms of ‘governing from the distance’ and therefore evinces forms of ‘imperial’ rule. The question thus arises, how to mitigate political violence? At the end of this chapter, therefore, a policy framework for the mitigation of violence is suggested that promotes a notion of the reversibility of politics.

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Author(s): Behr H

Editor(s): Stivachtis,YA; Behr,H

Series Editor(s): Stivachtis, Yannis; Behr, Hartmut

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Revisiting the European Union as Empire

Year: 2015

Pages: 32-44

Print publication date: 02/07/2015

Online publication date: 26/06/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Series Title: Critical European Studies

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: Abingdon, Oxon


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781138818194