Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

European space policy and the construction of a collective European identity
by Kariya, Nicholas Charles, M.A., Iowa State University, 2009, 82; 1468154
Abstract (Summary)

To what extent have European space institutions contributed to the construction of European collective identity? Using Martha Finnemore's and Kathryn Sikkink's model for the norm life cycle, this paper tracks the progress of the idea that European states ought to proceed as "Europeans" in space policy. Although the debate is far from complete, there is historical evidence to suggest that the idea is approaching a stage of norm acceptance among European space states. A constructivist analysis of European space history helps to understand the driving forces behind this process, and why one might suspect the idea of "Europe" is gaining ground. As European states have learned to behave as "Europeans," there has been a positive effect on the construction of European collective identity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mansbach, Richard
Commitee: Bix, Amy, Deam, Dirk
School: Iowa State University
Department: Political Science
School Location: United States -- Iowa
Source: MAI 48/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: European history, Science history, International law
Keywords: Constructivism, ESA, Identity, Norm, Space policy
Publication Number: 1468154
ISBN: 9781109326543
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