Contemporary Political Theory

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 248–281 | Cite as

Rethinking Politicisation

  • Kari PalonenEmail author
  • Claudia Wiesner
  • Veith Selk
  • Niilo Kauppi
  • Hans-Jörg-Trenz
  • Claire Dupuy
  • Virginie Van Ingelgom
  • Philip Liste
Critical Exchange

Politicisation, in a broad and basic understanding, means to turn something – an issue, an institution, a policy – that previously was not a subject to political action into something that now is subject to political action. So far, most definitions of the concept would agree. But besides this basic approach, there is much discussion: Politicisation is a concept that is currently much used in the social sciences, and also a concept that is contested in its definitions and understandings. Several paths and subdisciplines contribute to the debate, but they are not necessarily connected to one another. Political theory or political economy discusses politicisation and also what can be termed the counter-concept, depoliticisation, theoretically and often with a normative background, whereas comparative politics and EU studies have increasingly taken to deliver empirical studies on the politicisation of the European Union. These latter studies most often rely on the indicators of salience,...



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kari Palonen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Claudia Wiesner
    • 2
  • Veith Selk
    • 3
  • Niilo Kauppi
    • 1
  • Hans-Jörg-Trenz
    • 4
  • Claire Dupuy
    • 5
  • Virginie Van Ingelgom
    • 6
  • Philip Liste
    • 7
  1. 1.University of JyväskyläJyvaskylaFinland
  2. 2.Fulda University of Applied SciencesFuldaGermany
  3. 3.Technische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  4. 4.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  5. 5.Sciences Po Grenoble – PacteSt Martin d’HèresFrance
  6. 6.Université catholique de LouvainLouvain la NeuveBelgium
  7. 7.Centre for Global Cooperation ResearchDuisburgGermany

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