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The Social Construction of Europe

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April 2001 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

Thomas Christiansen, Knud Erik J[sl]orgensen and Antje Wiener
Introduction
 
PART ONE: SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIVISM AND THEORIZING EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
Ernst B Haas
Does Constructivism Subsume Neofunctionalism?
Rey Koslowski
Understanding the European Union as a Federal Polity
Jeffrey T Checkel
Social Construction and European Integration
 
PART TWO: SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVES IN STUDIES OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
Jo Shaw
Postnational Constitutionalism in the European Union
Thomas Diez
Speaking `Europe'
The Politics of Integration Discourse  
Martin Marcussen, Thomas Risse, Daniela Englemann-Martin, Hans-Joachim Knopf and Klaus Roscher
Constructing Europe?
The Evolution of Nation State Identities  
K M Fierke and Antje Wiener
Constructing Institutional Interests
EU and NATO Enlargement  
Kenneth Glarbo
Reconstructing a Common European Foreign Policy
Ben Rosamond
Discourses of Globalization and European Identities
 
PART THREE: DEBATING APPROACHES TO EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
Andrew Moravcsik
Constructivism and European Integration
A Critique  
Steve Smith
Social Constructivisms and European Studies
Thomas Risse and Antje Wiener
The Social Construction of Social Constructivism

`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


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Ms Emilia Mantadakis
Department of Political Science, Maastricht University
May 28, 2016

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