A New Narrative for Europe - a Study of Europeanization of the Public Sphere

by Nina Fihl Skyum

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2014
Keywords: Europeanization; Social Construtivism; Europe; EU; Public Sphere; A New Narrative
Record ID: 1120071
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/16036


This study investigates to what extent the pilot project A New Narrative for Europe contributes to an Europeanization of the public sphere. The study is based on a Social Constructivist philosophy of science and takes a qualitative methodological approach. The collected data consists of semi-structured interviews and relevant documents, all within the framework of the New Narrative project. The analytical work of the study is based on theoretical concepts deducted from Europeanization and Social Constructivism. The concepts deduced from Social Constructivism allow for the investigation of the interaction between structures and actors in the New Narrative process, thus analysing how the social environment of the process influences the actors’ possibilities for making claims. The concepts deduced from Europeanization theory allow for identifying the claims expressed within the framework of the New Narrative. These claims are identified in order to assess the kind of Europeanization the New Narrative has created. The study has found that the claims made within the New Narrative project create a mixed Europeanization of the public sphere.