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Themes in European Governance

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Themes in European Governance by Frank Schimmelfennig
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Why did Western European states agree to the enlargement of the EU and NATO? Frank Schimmelfennig analyzes the history of the enlargement process and develops a theoretical approach of 'rhetorical action' to explain why it occurred. While rationalist theory explains the willingness of East European states to join the NATO and EU, it does not explain why member states decided to admit them. Using original data, Schimmelfennig shows that expansion to the East can be understood in terms of liberal democratic community building. Drawing on the works of Jon Elster and Erving Goffman, he demonstrates that the decision to expand was the result of rhetorical action. Candidates and their supporters used arguments based on collective identity, norms and values of the Western community to shame opponents into acquiescing to enlargement. This landmark book makes an enormous contribution to theory in international relations and to the study of European politics.

Author Biography

Frank Schimmelfennig is a Fellow of the Mannheim Center for European Social Research, Germany.
Release date NZ
November 30th, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
32 Tables, unspecified; 1 Line drawings, unspecified
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
338
Dimensions
152x229x22
ISBN-13
9780521828062
Product ID
1772286

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