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How European structure impacts on national actors: the case of Norwegian policy-makers

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Abstract This article seeks to explain the role of identity politics in defining the national elite’s perceptions of the European Union and their foreign policy choices. It is argued that when analyzing foreign policy choices of the national elite, not only the interests and preferences but also the identity questions must be taken into account. In any national context, ideas, identities, and perceptions of self and the EU are expected to impact on the subsequent policy choices about Europe. This article seeks to explain this impact by applying a combination of the fusion approach and social constructivist approach on Norwegian policy-makers. Although not a member of the EU, Norway established a good level of economic integration and political cooperation with the EU through the European Economic Area Agreement. This article seeks to analyse this relationship empirically using Justice and Home Affairs Policy as a case study area.
Keywords Norway; Europeanization; EU policy; foreign policy; political decision; decision making; national politics; national identity; European integration; economic cooperation; domestic policy
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Method empirical; qualitative empirical
Free Keywords policy-makers; justice and home affairs
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 445-469
Journal CEU Political Science Journal, 8 (2013) 4
ISSN 1818-7668
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial