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The EU, NATO and the integration of Europe

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Frank Schimmelfennig analyzes Eastern enlargement of the European Union and NATO and develops an original theory to explain why it occurred. Backed by original data, he argues that expansion to the East can be understood in terms of liberal democratic values and the shaming of opponents. Why did Western European states agree to the enlargement of the EU and NATO? Frank Schimmelfennig analyzes the history of the enlargement process and develops a theoretical approach of 'rhetorical action' to explain why it occurred. While rationalist theory explains the willingness of East European states to join the NATO and EU, it does not explain why member states decided to admit them. Using original data, Schimmelfennig shows that expansion to the East can be understood in terms of liberal democratic community building. Drawing on the works of Jon Elster and Erving Goffman, he demonstrates that the decision to expand was the result of rhetorical action. Candidates and their supporters used arguments based on collective identity, norms and values of the Western community to shame opponents into acquiescing to enlargement. This landmark book makes an enormous contribution to theory in international relations and to the study of European politics.

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Author(s):
Frank Schimmelfennig
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521535255
ISBN-13:
9780521535250
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Frank Schimmelfennig analyzes Eastern enlargement of the European Union and NATO and develops an original theory to explain why it occurred. Backed by original data, he argues that expansion to the East can be understood in terms of liberal democratic values and the shaming of opponents. Why did Western European states agree to the enlargement of the EU and NATO? Frank Schimmelfennig analyzes the history of the enlargement process and develops a theoretical approach of 'rhetorical action' to explain why it occurred. While rationalist theory explains the willingness of East European states to join the NATO and EU, it does not explain why member states decided to admit them. Using original data, Schimmelfennig shows that expansion to the East can be understood in terms of liberal democratic community building. Drawing on the works of Jon Elster and Erving Goffman, he demonstrates that the decision to expand was the result of rhetorical action. Candidates and their supporters used arguments based on collective identity, norms and values of the Western community to shame opponents into acquiescing to enlargement. This landmark book makes an enormous contribution to theory in international relations and to the study of European politics.

Author(s):
Frank Schimmelfennig
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521535255
ISBN-13:
9780521535250
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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