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(p. 163) 9. Discursive Approaches 

(p. 163) 9. Discursive Approaches
(p. 163) 9. Discursive Approaches

Ole Wæver

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date: 22 September 2020

This chapter examines discourse analysis as an approach to the study of European integration. It first provides an overview of the basic idea(s) underlying discourse analysis before tracing its philosophical roots. It then considers when and how discourse analysis entered political science, international relations, and European integration studies. It also explores three examples of bodies of work that have each operationalized discourse analysis in a particular way in order to make it speak to European integration: the first covers governance and political struggle; the second approach posits the configuration of concepts of nation, state, and Europe as the basis for building theory of discourse as layered structures able to explain foreign policy options for a given state; and the third focuses on the project of European integration as a productive paradox. The chapter concludes by discussing the application of discourse analysis to the nature of the European Union enlargement process.

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