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07 September 2015

Manners co-editor of anthology on research methods in EU studies


Manners and co-editors Kennet Lynggaard og Karl Löfgren recently published the anthology 'Research Methods in European Union Studies'.

"Research on the European Union over the past few years has been strongly implicated in the crises that currently grip Europe with a failure to ask the pertinent questions as well as a perceived weakness in the methods and evidence used by researchers providing the basis for these allegations. This volume moves the study of EU research strategies beyond the dichotomies of the past towards a new agenda for research on Europe through a rich diversity of problem-solving based research."

Manners authored four chapters in the book, which also includes chapters by CEP researchers Ben Rosamond and Julie Hassing Nielsen:

Chapter 1: Kennet Lynggaard, Karl Löfgren, and Ian Manners, 'Crossroads in European Union Studies':
Old dicholomies of the past must be overcome through more open and pluralist research strategies, designs and methods in EU studies that address real world problems. Furthermore, the book argues that if EU studies is to take a step towards this new agenda it needs to recognise that research on and of Europe is always for someone and for some purpose.
Chapter 2: Ben Rosamond, 'Methodology in European Union Studies':
The political science of EU studies has not been immune from methodological mainstreaming in part because the field has - it seems - reflected very little on matters of methdology. This does not mean that methdological cleavages are absent - far from it. The chapter argues for a more honest conversation about methdology in EU studies.
Chapter 6: Annica Kronsell and Ian Manners, 'Single Policy Studies: Three Variations in Design':
Single policy studies are the most common form of EU research. The main aim of this chapter is to discuss the relevance of single policy studies in EU research and give examples of how such research can be carried out and designed.
Chapter 14: Ian Manners, 'The European Union in Global Politics: Normative Power and Longitundinal Interpretation':
When analysing the EU in global politics, it is commonplace to focus on short-time horizons, to rely in observational data or to focus on only one aspect of the EU in global politics. The method of longitudinal interpretation was selected here to overcome precisely these analytical constraints.
Chapter 18: Julie Hassing Nielsen, 'Studying European Union Attitude Formation Using Experiments':
In this chapter, I focus on the new perspectives experiments give us, exploring questions of relevance to political psychology, while providing an example of deliberation experiments from my own research. Additionally, I discuss the benefits and pitfalls of using experimentation as research tool, emphasising how experiments can help us overcome problems of endogeneity.
Chapter 20: Ian Manners, Kennet Lynggaard, and Karl Löfgren, 'Research Strategies in European Union Studies: Beyind Dichotomies':
This concluding chapter draws together the insights of this rich diversity in order to move the study of research strategies beyond the dichotomies of the past towards a new agenda for research on Europe.

'Research Methods in European Union Studies' was published by Palgrave Macmillan in July. Read more about the publication and order a copy here.