Crossroads in European Union Studies

  • Kennet Lynggaard
  • Karl Löfgren
  • Ian Manners
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


EU studies is at a crossroads where the many disciplinary interests in Europe meet, as well as temporally where the past weaknesses of methodology meet the future challenges of a new research agenda on Europe. These weaknesses emanate from a number of traditional research design dichotomies in EU studies:
  • Research ontology. Do we approach our research through rationalist or constructivist assumptions about EU affairs?

  • Research epistemology. Is our ultimate knowledge ambition to formulate explanatory theories capturing EU affairs? Or is our research a process of conceptual (re)constructions aimed at understanding EU affairs?

  • Research methodology. Do we best capture EU affairs through positivist and deductive research strategies, or through interpretative and inductive processes?

  • Research methods. Do we prefer quantitative or qualitative research methods and data?

We need to deal with, and seek to overcome, such traditional dichotomies to meet the future challenges of a new research agenda on Europe. Scholars within EU studies have thus become increasingly preoccupied with epistemological issues when conducting research on EU affairs (for discussions, see Manners, 2003; Jupille, 2006).


European Integration Research Strategy Common Agricultural Policy North American Free Trade Agreement Transdisciplinary Research 
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