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Concepts, approaches and methods on europeanisation – a meta-analysis

Zoltán Grünhut ()
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Zoltán Grünhut: Centre for Economics and Regional Studies HAS, Hungary

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2017, vol. 8(1), 157-176

Abstract: The present paper aims to overview the most relevant conceptualisations on Europeanisation with the goal to contribute for the better ontological and epistemological understanding of the notion. The meta-analysis was done in a framework concerning two main features of the selected concepts: first, how they interpret Europeanisation, as an explanans that explains other factors, or as an explanandum that is explained by different variables; and secondly, on which level(s) – macro, meso and/or micro – these concepts identify the core specificities of the notion. The main findings are presented through a theoretical differentiation of three generations of studies on Europeanisation. The first one is a more functionalist, constructivist and normative approach that mainly focuses on the macro-level aspects; the second generation is rather institutionalist, generally structuralist, and it prefers the meso- and micro-level; while the third period seems to shift to a more agent-based micro-level discursive, post-structuralist direction, while constructivist studies are rising in number as well.

Keywords: europeanisation; concepts; institutionalism; structuralism; constructivism; post-structuralism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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