12 December 2018

Nordic Research Council Workshops lead to Special Issue on the 'Political Psychology of European Integration'

Julie Hassing Nielsen held a Nordic Research Council Workshop grant on 'Political Psychology of European Integration' at the CEP, 2015-2018, which has resulted in her co-editing a Special Issue of the journal Political Psychology, on Political Psychology of European Integration'. As the abstract from her abstract sets out: The evolution of European integration is one of the most remarkable developments in international politics post‐World War II. Unparalleled in history, European integration fostered supranational institutions and cross‐national common policies that are binding to the individual member states to a hitherto unknown degree. Never before has a set of post‐Westphalia states managed to overcome their sovereignty boundaries and institutionalized supranational institutions. While the study of political psychology in international relations is gaining traction, it has mostly focused on security, foreign policy, and conflict studies and has not yet offered a comprehensive selection on the study of Europeanization despite regular calls for its importance. With this timely special issue, we redress this omission and provide a coherent collection of thorough research articles on how political psychology can explain European integration.
Collectively, the special issue covers significant ground and seeks to address important questions central to EU integration debates, using a rich spectrum of theoretical and empirical toolsets available to political psychologists. Its appeal extends beyond Brexit and Europe, as global contemporary politics witness spikes in populism, financial turmoil, identity challenges, extreme political preferences, tolerance for violence, antiestablishment sentiment, and rise in immigration and security concerns. We hope that the articles herein provide inspiration towards the understanding of such contemporary developments as global, rather than regional, trends.

Julie Hassing Nielsen and professor Ian Manners have contributed with articles in the special issue.

Find the special issue here.