When Europe Hits Home: Europeanization and Domestic Change

European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 4, No. 15, November 29, 2000

24 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2002

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Tanja Börzel

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science

Thomas Risse

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Center on Transatlantic Foreign and Security Policy Studies

Abstract

We argue in this paper in favor of a rather parsimonious theoretical approach to the study of the domestic impact of Europeanization. Whether we study policies, politics, or polities, a misfit between European-level and domestic processes, policies, or institutions constitutes the necessary condition for expecting any change. However, adaptational pressures alone are insufficient. There must be mediating factors enabling or prohibiting domestic change and accounting for the empirically observable differential impact of Europe. We have then introduced two pathways leading to domestic changes which are theoretically grounded in rationalist and sociological institutionalisms, respectively. On the one hand, rationalist institutionalism follows a logic of resource redistribution emphasizing the absence of multiple veto points and the presence of supporting institutions as the main factors facilitating change. On the other hand, sociological institutionalism exhibits a sociali-zation and learning account focussing on norm entrepreneurs as "change agents" and the presence of a cooperative political culture as the main mediating factors. We claim that Europeanization might lead to convergence in policy outcomes, but at best to "clustered convergence" and continuing divergence with regard to policy processes and instruments, politics, and polities.

Keywords: European integration, europeanization, governance, institutionalism, institutional isomorphism theory, implementation, sociological institutionalism, regulation, political science

Suggested Citation

Börzel, Tanja A. and Risse, Thomas, When Europe Hits Home: Europeanization and Domestic Change. European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 4, No. 15, November 29, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=302768 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.302768

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Thomas Risse

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Center on Transatlantic Foreign and Security Policy Studies ( email )

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