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Elements for a Structural Constructivist Theory of Politics and of European Integration. CES Working Paper, no. 104, 2003

Kauppi, Niilo. (2003) Elements for a Structural Constructivist Theory of Politics and of European Integration. CES Working Paper, no. 104, 2003. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Pierre Bourdieu’s structural constructivist theory of politics offers powerful instruments for a critical analy-sis of political power. In this paper, I explore structural constructivism as a theory of politics and of Euro-pean integration. By structural constructivism I refer to a mostly French research tradition that develops some of Bourdieu’s theoretical tools. In European studies, social constructivism has provided an alternative to traditional approaches such as intergovernmentalism and neofunctionalism. Structural constructivism remedies some of the weaknesses of most versions of social constructivism, such as their diffuse concep-tion of power and ideational notion of culture. This paper develops a structural constructivist approach that examines the European Union as a multileveled and polycentric emerging political field.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Pierre Bourdieu-European Integration-Political Power-Resources-Structural Constructivism
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political union & integration/European Political Union
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Harvard University, Center for European Studies > CES Working Papers Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2009
    Page Range: p. 28
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:58
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9048

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