Europeanization and De-Europeanization: a Template for Research

Paul Copeland

The Europeanization literature has dominated EU studies over the last decade, but a limitation of the current literature is the implicit assumption that it is a continuous 'positive' process - it has very little to say when government change results in a de-prioritization of EU objectives at the national level. Although studies on de-Europeanization are an emerging field (Copeland 2016, Daehnhardt 2011, Raagmaa et al 2013), theoretically and methodologically it remains underdeveloped. The purpose of this paper is to present a theoretical and methodological framework through which the process of de-Europeanization can be studied. The first section of the paper outlines what Europeanization is not - that it is different to disengagement and requires intentionality from actors to reverse the process of Europeanization. The second section defines de-Europeanization in the context of different EU governance tools. While the final section explores the different methodological issues presented by de-Europeanization.

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