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Constructivism and Rationalism as Analytical Lenses: The Case of the European Neighbourhood Policy

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Kratochvíl, Petr; Tulmets, Elsa

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Abstract The paper proposes a novel way in which social constructivism and rationalism might be combined in the study of the EU´s external relations. It proceeds in four steps: First, a basic model for the study of EU external policies is introduced, with its four basic elements being based on different combinations of constructivism and rationalism. Second, existing theories are categorised in accordance with the model. Third, a case study exploring the relations of three countries in the EU´s Eastern neighbourhood (Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia) with the Union is introduced, through which the practical applicability of the model is demonstrated. Fourth, the paper concludes with some theoretical remarks.
Classification European Politics
Free Keywords European Neighbourhood Policy; EU external policies; social constructivism; social rationalism
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 22-40
Journal Politics in Central Europe, 6 (2010) 1
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications