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Solidifying Constructivism: How Material and Ideational Factors Interact in European Defence

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-81
Number of pages21
JournalJOURNAL OF COMMON MARKET STUDIES
Volume49
Issue number1
Early online date15 Dec 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

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Abstract

Constructivist approaches have made a substantial contribution to our understanding
of the European Union’s security and defence policy, but their ability to explain and
forecast change has suffered from neglecting the link between material structures and
ideas. This article attempts to ‘solidify’ constructivism by drawing on realist thought
to elaborate a theoretical argument about how material and ideational factors are
interrelated and offers four propositions about how changes in material conditions
affect the ideational dimension of defence co-operation.

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