The Social Construction of Europe

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Thomas Christiansen, Knud Erik Jørgensen, Antje Wiener
SAGE, Jun 1, 2001 - Political Science - 242 pages
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.

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Contents

Does Constructivism Subsume Neofunctionalism?
22
Social Construction and European Integration
50
Postnational Constitutionalism in the European Union
66
The Politics of Integration Discourse
85
Constructing Europe? The Evolution of NationState Identities
101
Enlargement
121
Reconstructing a Common European Foreign Policy
140
Discourses of Globalization and European Identities
158
A Critique
176
Social Constructivisms and European Studies
189
Bibliography
206
Notes on Contributors
237
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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