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    Norms, strategies and political change: explaining the establishment of the convention on the future of Europe

    Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. (2008) Norms, strategies and political change: explaining the establishment of the convention on the future of Europe. European Journal of International Relations 14 (2), pp. 319-341. ISSN 1354-0661.

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    Abstract

    Norms affect political outcomes by shaping the strategies that political actors use to advance their interests. Norms do so by shaping the terms of the debates that underpin political decision making. Unlike existing literature that highlights the importance of persuasion, this article demonstrates that through the mechanism of rhetorical action, norms induce self-interested political actors to adapt their strategy and accept political change that they would normally oppose. The case of the advent of the Convention on the Future of Europe examined here shows that by considering the impact of norms on the behaviour of the opponents of change, ideational analyses can incorporate agency in the explanation of political change.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Convention on the Future of Europe, European integration, EU Treaty reform, institutional change, norms
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2011 10:19
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:34
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2137

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