The European Identity as A Corporate Type of Identity

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    • Presentation speakers
      • Emanuel Crudu, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Italy


    This paper looks at identitarian appropriations of the European identity by the EU and the existing potential of maximizing the benefits and minimizing conflicts and discretionary exclusion by looking at the European identity as a corporate/organizational type of identity. After all, the European Union is first of all a multinational organization focused on Pareto efficiency. The logic of appropriateness resulted from the institutional behaviors within the EU would pinpoint to an organizational process of identity building. In the meantime the EU prefers to feed from the larger sphere of a wider generous European cultural identity and to selectively absorb it as its own. This paper argues that this choice usually justified by the reflex of ‘deeper integration’ has more modest but realistic alternatives.