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Changes to European Security in a Communicative Perspective

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  • Helene Sjursen
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    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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    Paper provided by ARENA in its series ARENA Working Papers with number 1.

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    Date of creation: 15 Jan 2004
    Handle: RePEc:erp:arenax:p0018
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