Ideas, Position, and Supranationality

Craig Parsons

in Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736430
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866106 | DOI:
Ideas, Position, and Supranationality

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This chapter argues that the history of the European Union provides an unusually clear display of the impact of ideas in major political outcomes, and that this unusually clear case provides some unusually clear lessons for broader methodological and theoretical issues in comparative and international politics. It presents a summary of empirical evidence for accounts of EU history elsewhere, to serve as bases for the methodological discussion and criticisms that follow. The chapter's focus is on the role of material and organizational positioning in debates between ideational and nonideational explanatory claims.

Keywords: EU; ideas; political outline; international politics; material positioning; organizational positioning

Chapter.  7303 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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