Ideas and interests in the construction of EMU: beyond the rationalist bias of the new ideational orthodoxy
Gofas, Andreas (2001) Ideas and interests in the construction of EMU: beyond the rationalist bias of the new ideational orthodoxy. Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation. (CSGR working papers).
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After a period of neglect, if not hostility, toward ideational explanations we are now faced with a burgeoning literature on the role of ideas. Indeed, as Jacobsen (1995: 283) notes, it now seems obligatory for every work in political economy to consider the ‘power of ideas’ hypothesis –even if only then to dismiss it. This paper joins the current wave of ideational scholarship in examining the role of ideas in the construction of EMU. However, although the analytical starting-point is one of sharing with current ideational approaches a dissatisfaction with rationalist theorising that ‘black-boxes’ the processes of interest formation, the rationale of this paper emerges from another dissatisfaction; a dissatisfaction with the way these approaches have conceptualised ideas. It is argued that the current wave of ideational scholarship has not only failed to take ideas seriously (Blyth, 1997), but that it has also created a new ideational orthodoxy that reproduces either the rationalist bias of separating ideas and interests, by treating them as competing variables whose relative explanatory weight is to be methodologically checked, or the institutionalist bias that assigns ontological primacy to institutions. In an attempt to move beyond these deficiencies in the examination of how the interaction between ideas and interests produced the ideational consensus around the sets of ideas that EMU amalgamates, it tries to clearly specify the EMU ideas and analyse the ideational entrepreneurs involved and ideational transfer mechanisms at work.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Economic and Monetary Union, Idea (Philosophy), International economic realtions -- Philosophy, Economics -- Political aspects, Europe -- Economic policy|
|Series Name:||CSGR working papers|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Number of Pages:||31|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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