Research Methods In European Union Studies

Hardcover | July 8, 2015

EditorKennet Lynggaard, Ian Manners, Karl Löfgren

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Research on the European Union over the past few years has been strongly implicated in the crises that currently grip Europe with a failure to ask the pertinent questions as well as a perceived weakness in the methods and evidence used by researchers providing the basis for these allegations. This volume moves the study of EU research strategies beyond the dichotomies of the past towards a new agenda for research on Europe through a rich diversity of problem-solving based research.

This new agenda acknowledges the weaknesses of the past and moves beyond them towards greater openness and awareness of the importance of research strategies, designs and methods. The 20 chapters in this collection range from micro-level analyses of identities, single policy studies and European discourse, through meso-level analysis of agenda setting, bargaining, implementation and Europeanisation, to macro-level analyses of the EU as a global actor, European integration and globalisation as well as hard and soft governance, elections and party groups, attitude formation, and new-regionalism. As such, it provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to conducting research on the European Union today.

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Research on the European Union over the past few years has been strongly implicated in the crises that currently grip Europe with a failure to ask the pertinent questions as well as a perceived weakness in the methods and evidence used by researchers providing the basis for these allegations. This volume moves the study of EU research ...

Kennet Lynggaard is Associate Professor in European Union studies at the Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark. His research interests are focussed on EU governance, research design in EU studies, Europeanisation, European integration and globalisation and symbols and myths in European integration.Ian M...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.98 inPublished:July 8, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230363059

ISBN - 13:9780230363052

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'Those researching the EU are confronted with a bewildering menu of epistemologies, methodologies, research designs, and methods of data collection and analysis. In this very welcome volume, seasoned EU scholars unlock these bodies of knowledge and tailor them to the specific needs of 'their' sub-fields. The volume is a must read for all who seek to find more convincing answers to their research questions. And who does not?' – Markus Haverland, Professor of Political Science, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands'This volume will serve as an extremely useful compendium of methodological issues and options for both budding scholars and established experts on the EU. To get a strong, comprehensive view of where research methods in EU studies stand today, start here.' – Craig Parsons, Professor of Political Science and Director of European Studies, University of Oregon, USA   'This book is a must-read for any student and scholar working on European integration. Research methods and design in EU studies have, at best, been implicitly dealt with by individual scholars struggling through the maze of publications. The editors of this collective volume have brought together a stellar group of experts who provide highly instructive insights into the full range of methodologies associated with problem-driven research in EU studies. This excellent volume fills a huge gap in the literature.'–Sabine Saurugger, Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po Grenoble, France