The Social Construction of Europe

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Overview

'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

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 insights to a key area of contemporary study and research.

It will be essential reading for all students and academics in International Relations; European Politics; and European and EU studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761972648
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • 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 (Ph D 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

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Does Constructivism Subsume Neo-functionalism? 22
3 Understanding the European Union as a Federal Polity 32
4 Social Construction and European Integration 50
5 Postnational Constitutionalism in the European Union 66
6 Speaking 'Europe': The Politics of Integration Discourse 85
7 Constructing Europe? The Evolution of Nation-State Identities 101
8 Constructing Institutional Interests: EU and NATO Enlargement 121
9 Reconstructing a Common European Foreign Policy 140
10 Discourses of Globalization and European Identities 158
11 Constructivism and European Integration: A Critique 176
12 Social Constructivisms and European Studies 189
13 The Social Construction of Social Constructivism 199
Bibliography 206
Notes on Contributors 237
Index 239
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