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The Social Construction of Europe : Europe Ser. - Thomas Christiansen

The Social Construction of Europe

Europe Ser.

By: Thomas Christiansen (Editor), Knud Erik Jorgensen (Editor), Antje Wiener (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st March 2001
ISBN: 9780761972655
Number Of Pages: 248

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The Social Construction of Europe systematically introduces and applies a social constructivist perspective to the study of European integration. A strong international list of contributors provide new and important insights to a key area of contemporary study and research. They: carefully locate social constructivism in terms of its philosophical and methodological origins; review the wider debates and contribution of constructivist approaches to international relations; fully explore the insights that are made into European studies through a constructivist approach; offer worked examples of key research topics in European integration and EU governance using and demonstrating a variety constructivist approaches; This unique volume includes exciting new theoretical contributions to the debate by Andrew Moravcsik, Steve Smith and (writing for the first time on neofunctionalism since his seminal work in field), Ernest B. Haas.

`The Social Construction of Europe combines several virtues that make it a most appealing volume. Overall, one has the sense that this is a real exploration of possibilities, not a mechanistic replay of foregone conclusions. The contributors push constructivist theories to see how far they can go in explaining diverse aspects of European integration. In addition, the inclusion of diverse perspectives makes, in this case, for a real conversation about the potential contributions of, as well as the challenges facing, constructivist approaches to the study of Europe. The book does not pretend to be the last word on this subject, but rather the introduction to new and worthwhile dialogues' - Wayne Sandholtz, University of California, Irvine



`The constuctivist approaches to European integration set out in this volume offer a stimulating antidote to theories that emphasize states' interests. As Ernest Haas argues in his persuasive essay, there are productive affinities between constructivism and neofunctionalism in their efforts to explain the "soft rationality" of politics in the European Union' - Helen Wallace, University of Sussex





`A most appealing volume introducing new and worthwhile dialogues on the contribution of, and the challenges facing, constructivist approaches to the study of Europe' - Wayne Sandholtz, University of California, Irvine

Introduction
Social Constructivism And Theorizing European Integration
Does Constructivism Subsume Neofunctionalism?
Understanding the European Union as a Federal Polity
Social Construction and European Integration
Social Constructivist Perspectives In Studies Of European Integration
Postnational Constitutionalism in the European Union
Speaking 'Europe'
The Politics of Integration Discourse
Constructing Europe?
The Evolution of Nation State Identities
Constructing Institutional Interests
EU and NATO Enlargement
Reconstructing a Common European Foreign Policy
Discourses of Globalization and European Identities
Debating Approaches To European Integration
Constructivism and European Integration
A Critique
Social Constructivisms and European Studies
The Social Construction of Social Constructivism
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ISBN: 9780761972655
ISBN-10: 076197265X
Series: Europe Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st March 2001
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36