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Institutional Constructivism in Social Sciences and Law
Frames of Mind, Patterns of Change

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  • Date Published: September 2018
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  • This book proposes a new institutional constructivist model, for social scientific and legal enquiries, based on the interrelations within the social and political world and the application of change in EU laws and politics. Much of the research conducted in social sciences and law examines the diverse activities of individuals and collectivities and the role of institutions in the social and political world. Although there exist many vantage points from which one can gain entry into understanding how agents in the world act, interact, shape and bear the world, socio-legal scientific epistemology has found monism and dualism to be convincing models. This book argues that current models do not capture the complexity of our micro-worlds, macro-worlds and meso-worlds. Nor can they account for the forms and patterns of socio-legal change. Mind, time and change are brought together in an attempt to contribute to socio-legal epistemology and to enhance its toolkit.

    • Proposes a new methodological model for social scientific and legal enquiries that will appeal to those who are seeking alternatives to monistic and dualistic approaches
    • Draws on constructivism in order to develop an institutional constructivist model based on the interrelations of agency, institutions, discourse, space and time and apply it to EU law and politics
    • The model developed in this book will allow readers to develop and apply more sophisticated explanations about phenomena, human conduct, policy outputs, institutional designs, crises and changes
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    'This book proposes an institutional constructivist model for social scientific and legal inquiries, based on the interrelations within the social and political world and the application of change in EU laws and politics.' Law & Social Inquiry

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    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108596305
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: on schemata: constructing theories and explanations
    Part I. Theory Perspectives and Connexio Rerum:
    1. On the methodology of social sciences: the case for connexio rerum
    2. Constructivisms and institutional constructivism
    3. Theorising institutional change: a dynamic theory of process
    4. Ideas, norms and European citizenship
    Part II. Applied Aspects of Institutional Constructivism:
    5. Co-creating European Union citizenship: institutional process and crescive norms
    6. From law, policies and norms to European integration: supranationalism contested
    Conclusion: time and understanding in socio-legal research.

  • Author

    Dora Kostakopoulou, University of Warwick
    Dora Kostakopoulou is Professor of European Union Law, European Integration and Public Policy at the University of Warwick.

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