Whither Europeanization? Concept Stretching and Substantive Change

European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 4, No. 8, July 17, 2000

28 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2002

Abstract

This paper discusses the concept of Europeanization in the light of recent research on the impact of the European Union politics and policy. Conceptual analysis is preliminary to empirical analysis. Accordingly, I examine the risk of "concept stretching", discuss extension and intension of Europeanization, and propose a taxonomy to "unpack" the concept and organize empirical research. The explanation of Europeanization is based on mechanisms and variables that need further exploration, but some preliminary results are presented here. Further research should concentrate on the policy level (and its interaction with macro-structures) and seek cross-fertilization with theoretical policy analysis and international relations, thus avoiding the risk of intellectual segregation.

Keywords: European integration, europeanization, regulation, knowledge, ideas, liberalization, political science

Suggested Citation

Radaelli, Claudio M., Whither Europeanization? Concept Stretching and Substantive Change. European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 4, No. 8, July 17, 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=302761 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.302761

Claudio M. Radaelli (Contact Author)

University of Exeter

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

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