The Social Construction of International Institutions -ASEAN+3 and the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union
Conclusion : Both the ASEAN plus three process and the enlargement of the EU can be explained through a social constructivist variant of IR theory in which enlargement is understood as the expansion of international community to new members. Those who share the same values, norms, and, thereby, the same identity are integrating in one institution. At some points, rational considerations were finally turned into normative ones. In effect, both institutions' identities are closely related to a...[Show more]
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