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

Zoltán Grünhut
2017 EASTERN JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES   unpublished
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
more » ... , 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.
fatcat:gkgan2xnlbddbjw2ruw73rbgsa