The Social Construction of Europe

The Social Construction of Europe

by Thomas Christiansen
     
 

This book is the first to systematically introduce and apply a social constructivist perspective to the study of European integration. Social constructivism is carefully located in terms of its philosophical and methodological origins. The wider debates and contribution of constructivist approaches to international relations are reviewed, and the insights that might… See more details below

Overview

This book is the first to systematically introduce and apply a social constructivist perspective to the study of European integration. Social constructivism is carefully located in terms of its philosophical and methodological origins. The wider debates and contribution of constructivist approaches to international relations are reviewed, and the insights that might then be afforded to European studies fully explored.

Highlights include: new theoretical contributions to the debate by Ernst B. Haas, Andrew Moravcsik and Steve Smith; research on key aspects of European integration and EU governance applying a variety of constructivist approaches.

The Social Construction of Europe provides new and important in

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761972648
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Series:
Europe Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.92(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

Antje Wiener joined the Department in March 2007 as Professor of Politics and International Relations. Her Political Science degrees are from Carleton University, Canada (PhD 1996) and the Free University of Berlin (MA/Dipl Pol 1989). She has taught at the Free University of Berlin, Stanford University, Carleton University, the Universities of Sussex, Hannover, Queen's Belfast and Trento. Her research and teaching interests are in International Relations theory and International Law, Global Constitutionalism and European Integration theory

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Does Constructivism Subsume Neo-functionalism?22
3Understanding the European Union as a Federal Polity32
4Social Construction and European Integration50
5Postnational Constitutionalism in the European Union66
6Speaking 'Europe': The Politics of Integration Discourse85
7Constructing Europe? The Evolution of Nation-State Identities101
8Constructing Institutional Interests: EU and NATO Enlargement121
9Reconstructing a Common European Foreign Policy140
10Discourses of Globalization and European Identities158
11Constructivism and European Integration: A Critique176
12Social Constructivisms and European Studies189
13The Social Construction of Social Constructivism199
Bibliography206
Notes on Contributors237
Index239

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