Causality in Europeanization Research: Discursive Institutional Analytical Strategies

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Discourse analysis as a methodology is perhaps not readily associated with substantive causality claims. At the same time the study of discourses is very much the study of conceptions of causal relations among a set, or sets, of agents. Within Europeanization research we have seen endeavours to develop discursive institutional analytical frameworks and something that comes
close to the formulation of hypothesis on the effects of European Union (EU) policies and institutions on domestic change. Even if these efforts so far do not necessarily amount to substantive theories or claims of causality, it suggests that discourse analysis and the study of causality are by no means opposites. The study of Europeanization discourses may even be seen as an essential step in the move towards claims of causality in Europeanization research. This chapter
deals with the question of how we may move from the study of discursive causalities towards more substantive claims of causality between EU policy and institutional initiatives and domestic change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Design in European Studies : Establishing Causality in Europeanization
EditorsTheofanis Exadaktylos , Claudio Radaelli
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date17 Apr 2012
ISBN (Print)978-0-230-28531-6
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2012
SeriesPalgrave Studies in European Union Politics

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