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The political ontology of European integration

Niilo Kauppi

Comparative European Politics, 2010, Vol.8(1), p.19 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The political ontology of European integration
  • Author: Niilo Kauppi
  • Description: How does EU research define the basic elements of the political realm? What are the underlying construction presuppositions of the European Union as an object of knowledge? In this article, I will discuss the political ontology of the European Union through an analysis of two ideal-typical positions, an exclusive and an inclusive (or reflexive) ontological framework. I will argue that the exclusive ontological framework and the dualisms it reproduces (objective-subjective, individual-institution, socialization-calculation, interest-norm, supranational-national and so on) prevents a great deal of research from elaborating a more complex, 'thick' empirical description of EU integration. The alternative, inclusive and reflexive framework seeks to go beyond these dualisms to develop a relational approach that takes into account the interactive character of institutions and the individuals and groups inhabiting them. Adapted from the source document. Reprinted by permission of Palgrave Macmillan
  • Is Part Of: Comparative European Politics, 2010, Vol.8(1), p.19
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1472-4790 ; E-ISSN: ; DOI: 10.1057/cep.2010.2
  • Subjects: Dualism ; European Union ; Political Development ; Social Integration ; Knowledge ; Political Philosophy ; Ontology ; European Integration ; Philosophical Thought ; Europe ; Political Science

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