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Conceptualising Europeanisation

Buller, J. and Gamble, A. (2002) Conceptualising Europeanisation. Public Policy and Administration, 17 (2). pp. 4-24. ISSN 0952-0767

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This article subjects the existing literature on the concept of Europeanisation to critical scrutiny. It begins by providing a general discussion of the methodology of concept formation. It then goes on to assess five current usages of the tern Europeanisation, before providing an alternative definition. The main argument pursued here is that academics have been too quick to conceptualise Europeanisation as a process which is capable of producing certain effects. Consequently, not enough time has been spent on the subject of what Europeanisation actually is (and, indeed, whether it exists). Unless scholars refocus their efforts towards the subject of Europeanisation, there is a danger of misrepresenting or reifying its supposed effects.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Politics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2009 09:15
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2009 09:15
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/095207670201700202
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Identification Number: 10.1177/095207670201700202
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7417

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