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Convergence towards a European strategic culture? A constructivist framework for explaining changing norms.

Meyer, Christoph O. (2005) Convergence towards a European strategic culture? A constructivist framework for explaining changing norms. European Journal of International Relations 11 (4), pp. 523-549. ISSN 1354-0661.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354066105057899

Abstract

The article contributes to the debate about the emergence of a European strategic culture to underpin a European Security and Defence Policy. Noting both conceptual and empirical weaknesses in the literature, the article disaggregates the concept of strategic culture and focuses on four types of norms concerning the means and ends for the use of force. The study argues that national strategic cultures are less resistant to change than commonly thought and that they have been subject to three types of learning pressures since 1989: changing threat perceptions, institutional socialization, and mediatized crisis learning. The combined effect of these mechanisms would be a process of convergence with regard to strategic norms prevalent in current EU countries. If the outlined hypotheses can be substantiated by further research the implications for ESDP are positive, especially if the EU acts cautiously in those cases which involve norms that are not yet sufficiently shared across countries.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2005 European Consortium for Political Research, SAGE Publications
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): constructivism, ESDP, European defence, norms, security, strategic culture
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/417

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