Europeanization or EU-ization - What difference does it make?
Trine Flockhart suggests in new article that the concept Europeanization is ahistorical
Europeanization or EU-ization? The Transfer of European Norms across Time and Space published in Journal of Common Market Studies, volume 48. number 4, pp. 787-810
Trine Flockhart asks in a new article what the content of Europeanization is and which causal relationships Europeanization Studies should seek to explain? In answering these questions, the article forwards a conceptualization of Europeanization based on Historical Sociology and Social Constructivism, which implies a departure from the practice in the current Europeanization literature to concentrate on the contemporary with a narrow focus (EU-ization) at the expense of the historical with a broad focus (Europeanization). It is suggested that the causal relationships to be explained are the transfer of European ideas across time and space using a ‘present-as-reality’ definition of the European idea set. In doing so, it becomes apparent that Europeanization cannot be accepted as either static or something that is solely connected to the EU, and that Europeanization has been characterized by diffusion patterns going both into and out of Europe and sociological processes involving subtle shifts in process, structure, agents and conceptions of ‘Other’ and ‘Significant We’.