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Rationality, Institutions and Reflexivity in the EU: Some Ontological and Epistemological Considerations. GSPE Working Paper 1/27/2009

Kauppi, Niilo. (2009) Rationality, Institutions and Reflexivity in the EU: Some Ontological and Epistemological Considerations. GSPE Working Paper 1/27/2009. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Sociological research on the European Union provides a much needed alternative to mainstream EU-studies dominated by economics, law, IR and political science. However, until now this sociological alternative has mostly involved the adaptation of sociological terminology such as "social construction" or "identity" and the introduction of new objects of research, such as the social conventions regulating national security or the discursive constructions of Europe. It is however the claim of this paper that sociological theory also provides the tools for a more fundamental re-evaluation of some of the ontological and epistemological presuppositions of EU research and a corresponding reconstruction of the object of study of European studies.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociological theory, rationality, political institutions, epistemology, ontology.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > general
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Political Sociology (University of Strasbourg) > Working Papers
    Depositing User: Mr Jean-Yves Bart
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2010
    Page Range: p. 12
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:20
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12450

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