Culture, communication and currency: Constructing a public sphere for the euro


This chapter examines the embeddedness of European monetary policy-making in the European public sphere. While Europeans now share a common supranational currency, many observers argue that there is no “natural” public sphere through which individuals would communicate about common policy issues related to their shared currency. According to this view many aspects of the public sphere remain more or less “national” - most importantly due to linguistic borders and the absence of a supra-national European press and media landscape. In addition, the information networks used previously by national central banks to communicate with other economic agents are not yet developed to the same degree as they were when national central banks made monetary policy.

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European Identity and Culture: Narratives of Transnational Belonging