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Institutions, Institutional Change, and ESDP. Anand Menon . Argument is that theories cannot explain ESDP well enough. Either ignore institutions, or make claims about them that are simply not accurate. Highly institutionalised security sphere yet also much rapid change. . Outline.

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Institutions institutional change and esdp

Institutions, Institutional Change, and ESDP

Anand Menon


Institutions 2c institutional change 2c and esdp

  • Argument is that theories cannot explain ESDP well enough. Either ignore institutions, or make claims about them that are simply not accurate. Highly institutionalised security sphere yet also much rapid change.


Outline

Outline

  • Theoretical Extremes

  • An Alternative

  • Empirical Evidence

  • Explanations

  • Institutions and Outcomes

  • Conclusion


Theoretical extremes 1

Theoretical extremes (1)

  • Realism and Institutions

    • Security and state interests

    • Epiphenomena

    • Great power domination

  • Balancing

    • Ignore regimes to exaggerate European ambitions

    • (curious parallel with heroic normative approach)


Theoretical extremes 2

Theoretical Extremes (2)

  • Institutionalism

    • Has tended to buy in to security arguments

    • Focus on environment and economics

    • Emphasis on continuity Path dep etc)

      • Definitions (institutions, organisations); critical junctures;

      • Absence of any conception of political conflict


An alternative

An alternative

  • Incremental change

    • Chinese whispers versus path dependence

  • Instruments

    • Palier: new instrument shakes up existing arrangements and can lead to important, incremental and unforeseen institutional change

  • Structure and style

    • Scharpf: decision style

  • Institutional Density


Empirical evidence

Empirical evidence

  • Evolution of ESDP and NATO

    • Treaties

    • Structures

    • Capabilities

    • missions


Explanations

Explanations

  • Incremental change

  • Negotiating style

  • Instruments

  • Institutional density


Institutions and outcomes

Institutions and Outcomes

  • Big subject

  • No big 3 domination

  • Unexpected outcomes

  • Humdrum versus heroic


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Taking institutions seriously

  • Change and institutions

  • Europe and Social Science


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