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(p. 63) 4. Critical Perspectives 

(p. 63) 4. Critical Perspectives
(p. 63) 4. Critical Perspectives

Ian Bache

, Simon Bulmer

, Stephen George

, and Owen Parker

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date: 28 September 2020

This chapter examines the range of critical perspectives now applied to the European Union, including social constructivism, critical political economy, critical social theory, critical feminism, and post-structuralism. These critical — often termed ‘post-positivist’ — approaches emphasize the constructed and changeable nature of the social and political world. Many such approaches reject the notion that social reality can be objectively observed and argue that various agents, including policy actors and scholars themselves, are involved in its construction. They highlight the less obvious manifestations of power that pervade the interrelated worlds of political action and political theorizing. It is important to consider why these more critical perspectives have been absent for so long within mainstream studies of the EU. Both their exclusion and their gradual (re-)admittance to the mainstream can be accounted for by factors internal to political studies scholarship and factors related to the politics of European integration and the EU.

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