Europeanization Research: Current Issues and Perspectives
AbstractEuropeanization Research is a dynamic area of political sciences both internationally and in the Czech Republic. However, despite the popularity of the concept and the still-growing number of conference papers, articles and books devoted to its various aspects, there are several gaps and shortcomings regarding its conceptualization and methodology of theoretical as well as empirical Europeanization studies. The aim of the paper is to present an overview of the most important theoretical issues surrounding Europeanization Research, including the definition of the term and the danger of concept stretching, the question of causality and various explanations of Europeanization mechanisms with a special emphasis on the identification of their weak points. Simultaneously, it aims to evaluate the current state of Czech Europeanization research with several recommendations for developing it further.
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