Normative evolution in Europe: small states and republican peace

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Normative evolution in Europe: small states and republican peace

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The London School of Economics and Political Science
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  • Jn Political Institutions (Europe)
  • Jz International Relations

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LEQSPaper17 A New Concept of European Federalism LSE ‘Europe in Question’ Discussion Paper Series Normative Evolution in Europe: Small States and Republican Peace Kostas A. Lavdas LEQS Paper No. 17/2010 January 2010 All views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or the LSE. © Kostas A. Lavdas Editorial Board Dr. Joan Costa-i-Font Dr. Vassilis Monastiriotis Dr. Jonathan White Ms. Katjana Gattermann Kostas A. Lavdas Normative Evolution in Europe: Small States and Republican Peace Kostas A. Lavdas* Abstract Understanding today’s EU requires a prism which is attentive to the interactions between the polity-building and world-inhabiting facets of the emerging polity. We cannot separate developing a theory of the EU as a polity from determining its placement in the world. Norms of cooperation become crucial in this endeavour: as they search for credible tools to interpret and master a changing Europe in a changing world, actors distil their experience in close and repeated cooperation with a view to enhancing their knowledge of and influence over complex games of advanced hyper-dependence. The normative underpinnings of today’s European construction can be approached in three steps. First, drawing inspiration from Thucydides, we demonstrate that the norms that count are neither religious in origin nor based primarily on custom and tradition. Next, we point to the significance of small states in norm development by explaining that the norms in question have been influenced by the practices and rationalizations associated

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