Handbook of European Policies
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Handbook of European Policies

Interpretive Approaches to the EU

Edited by Hubert Heinelt and Sybille Münch

This definitive Handbook addresses the current lack of research into European policymaking and development using an interpretive perspective. Questioning areas that mainstream approaches tend to neglect, contributors target the ways in which ideas, arguments and discourses shape policies in the institutional context of the EU.
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Chapter 3: EU policies and the Europeanization of domestic policymaking

Claudio M. Radaelli


In this chapter Claudio Radaelli critically appraises the literature on Europeanization, reviewing a large number of empirical studies and their research design. The chapter discusses concept formation, the role of EU pressure and the agency of actors in processes of Europeanization, and the relationship between this field of research and interpretivism. Finally, the chapter looks at the future of research Europeanization in a context characterized by multiple crises and perhaps Europeanization in reverse.

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