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date: 25 February 2021

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Constructivism claims that social ideas and discourses matter for European integration. In the constructivist perspective, European integration is at its core a process of community building. Communities are groups or associations based on shared ideas. They share a collective identity, causal and normative beliefs, and structures of meaning. Over time, community building and institutional integration mutually influence and potentially reinforce each other. This article first presents empirical findings on integration preferences, then moves on to ideational effects on collective integration decisions. Finally, it reports results regarding the effects of institutional integration on identities and ideas.

Keywords: European integration, constructivism, community building, institutional integration, European identity

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