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Changes to European Security in a Communicative Perspective


  • Helene Sjursen


Based on a communicative perspective this article works out the theoretical possibility of a twofold change in European security (in the referent object of security; and in the understanding and practice of the best means to achieve security). The approach suggested should be considered supplementary to rational choice perspectives, and at the same time as a contribution to a strengthening of the "widening" literature on security. It is argued that the concepts of communicative rationality and deliberation can contribute to this in particular in two ways: First, by contributing to establish alternative and more precise micro-foundations to those provided in the rational choice perspective. Second, by providing a critical standard that enables us to avoid the normative ambiguity in security studies.

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  • Helene Sjursen, 2004. "Changes to European Security in a Communicative Perspective," ARENA Working Papers 1, ARENA.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:arenax:p0018

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    1. Guri Rosén, 2015. "EU Confidential: The European Parliament's Involvement in EU Security and Defence Policy," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 53(2), pages 383-398, March.
    2. Meng-Hsuan Chou & Marianne Riddervold, 2015. "The Unexpected Negotiator at the Table: How the European Commission’s Expertise Informs Intergovernmental EU Policies," Politics and Governance, Cogitatio Press, vol. 3(1), pages 61-72.

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