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- DescriptionWhy did Western European states agree to the enlargement of the EU and NATO? Frank Schimmelfennig analyzes the history of the enlargement process and develops a theoretical approach of 'rhetorical action' to explain why it occurred. While rationalist theory explains the willingness of East European states to join the NATO and EU, it does t explain why member states decided to admit them. Using original data, Schimmelfennig shows that expansion to the East can be understood in terms of liberal democratic community building. Drawing on the works of Jon Elster and Erving Goffman, he demonstrates that the decision to expand was the result of rhetorical action. Candidates and their supporters used arguments based on collective identity, rms and values of the Western community to shame opponents into acquiescing to enlargement. This landmark book makes an ermous contribution to theory in international relations and to the study of European politics.
- Author BiographyFrank Schimmelfennig is a Fellow of the Mannheim Center for European Social Research, Germany.
- PrizesWinner of EUSA Prize: Best Book in EU Studies 2003/4.
- Author(s)Frank Schimmelfennig
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication18/12/2003
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Series TitleThemes in European Governance
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note1 b/w illus. 32 tables
- Weight500 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Series Edited byAndreas Fllesdal
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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