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Advancing Field Analysis in European Integration Studies

European Politics
European Union
Security
Knowledge
Political Sociology
Methods
Education
Theoretical
P022
Amelie Kutter
Europa-Universität Viadrina
Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg
Universität Potsdam
Niilo Kauppi
University of Helsinki

Friday 09:00 - 10:45 (28/08/2020)


Abstract

European integration has deeply restructured public policy making in Europe, with procedures and capacities being re-arranged in line with EU agendas and legislations. Field-theoretical approaches, which are situated in second generation of practice theory, provide conceptual frames for studying the formation and functioning of such spaces of EU-related interaction, highlighting their symbolic-relational constitution. They have been used, for instance, for investigating scaled political competition (Kauppi 2005, 2018), the formation of transnational and EU-related expertise (Bernhard & Schmidt-Wellenburg 2020, Kauppi & Madsen 2013) and expertise in EU statecraft (Georgakakis & Rowell 2013), EU security (Bigo, 2007, 2017), EU intergovernmental diplomacy (Adler-Nissen 2014), or EU multilateral negotiation and Europeanised political communication (Kutter 2020). Contributions in this panel consider how field analysis can be advanced as a research programme in European integration studies. The papers discuss the appropriation of further concepts from Bourdieusian sociology, such as state(ness) as a field of transnational practices, or explore extensions into linguistic discourse theories. They probe methodologies suited for field analysis, such as network analysis, discourse analysis, and geometric data analysis, and open up new fields of empirical study, such as internet intelligence services, economic expertise, education, and multilateral negotiation.

Title Details
Adjusting a Bourdieusian Approach to the Study of Transnational Fields. Transversal Practices and State (Trans)formations Related to Intelligence and Surveillance View Paper Details
OECD, Transnational Power Elites and The Making of a European Field of Education View Paper Details
Analysing European Politico-Economic Expertise from a Field Perspective: EU Economic Expert Groups 1966-2017 View Paper Details
The Discourse Field of EU Multilateral Negotiation: Articulating Field and Discourse Theory View Paper Details