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Europeanisation should meet international constructivism: the Nordic Plus group and the internalisation of political conditionality by France and the United Kingdom

de Felice, Damiano (2015) Europeanisation should meet international constructivism: the Nordic Plus group and the internalisation of political conditionality by France and the United Kingdom. European Politics and Society, 17 (1). pp. 58-73. ISSN 2374-5118

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Identification Number: 10.1080/23745118.2015.1075773

Abstract

This article is a plausibility probe for the significance of international constructivist ‘mediating factors’ to explain variation in Europeanisation outcomes. It applies a most similar systems design (or Mill's method of difference) to show that the UK has internalised political conditionality to a larger extent than France at least partially because it has been the object of stronger socialisation pressures within the ‘Nordic Plus’ group. The article contributes to the literature on Europeanisation and development cooperation in two important ways. First, it enlarges its scope of analysis, both geographically (beyond new European Union member states) and thematically (beyond simple measures of aid quality and/or quantity). Second, it emphasises the importance of international (versus domestic) mediating factors. The empirical analysis focusses on three cases of aid sanctions in response to human rights abuses and democratic setbacks: Zimbabwe 2002, Madagascar 2009 and Mozambique 2009.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rpep21
Additional Information: © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 14:28
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 01:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/66506

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