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