Conceptualizing the Domestic Impact of Europe

Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse

in The Politics of Europeanization

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780199252091
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599224 | DOI:
 Conceptualizing the Domestic Impact of Europe

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This chapter takes a ‘top-down’ perspective on how European integration and Europeanization more generally affect domestic policies, politics and polities of the member states and beyond. The emerging literature on the topic is used to develop some preliminary hypotheses on the conditions under which domestic change would be expected in response to Europeanization. Various propositions made in the literature are simplified, and topics needing further research are pointed out. The chapter proceeds in the following steps: first, what is meant by the ‘domestic impact’ of Europeanization is specified; second, the concept of ‘misfit’ is developed, and differential empowerment and socialization are distinguished as the two theoretical logics of domestic adaptation to Europe; third, the degree and direction of domestic changes to be expected by the two logics and causal mechanisms are discussed, focusing on the question of whether convergence or divergence is likely. The conclusion offers propositions on how differential empowerment and socialization relate to each other.

Keywords: conceptualization; convergence; differential empowerment; divergence; domestic adaptation; domestic change; domestic impact; domestic policy; domestic politics; domestic polity; empowerment; European integration; Europeanization; research; socialization

Chapter.  9308 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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