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The Politics of Europeanization$
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Kevin Featherstone and Claudio M. Radaelli

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199252092.001.0001

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Conceptualizing the Domestic Impact of Europe

Conceptualizing the Domestic Impact of Europe

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(p.57) 3 Conceptualizing the Domestic Impact of Europe
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The Politics of Europeanization
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Tanja A. Börzel (Contributor Webpage)

Thomas Risse

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199252092.003.0003

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

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