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

21 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2011

Date Written: December 15, 2010

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.

Suggested Citation

Meyer, Christoph O. and Strickmann, Eva, Solidifying Constructivism: How Material and Ideational Factors Interact in European Defence (December 15, 2010). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 49, Issue 1, pp. 61-81, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1733394 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02129.x

Christoph O. Meyer (Contact Author)

King's College London

Eva Strickmann

King's College London

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