Norwegian national identity and the question of European integration

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2003
Tanıl, Gamze
The aim of this thesis is to analyze Norwegians' conception of the European Union membership as a product of the ideas and identity with regards to themselves and the European Union. In this way, this study offers a way of combining two different areas of study, namely identity politics and international relations, and examines the impact of domestic politics on the foreign policy formulations. By doing so, it seeks to fill a gap both in the existing literature on the subject, which in general emphasized the economic aspects of the problem, and in the mainstream international relations theory, which has for so long ignored the role of identity politics in the international system. In this study national identity is not used only to describe the condition in which a mass of people have made the same identification with national symbols, but also to refer to the possible mass mobilization of this people to act as one psychological group when there is a threat to, or the possibility of enhancement of, these symbols of national identity. The thesis reaches the conclusion that in the formulation of foreign policies definition of the 'self as oppose to 'other's, the perception of the 'threat', and people's mass mobilization to protect their self definition in the case of this threat are crucial elements. Such a p erspective w ould contribute to the analysis of the perceptions of the eurosceptic nations of the European integration, and help avoiding reductionist approaches, which conceptualise national interest as a function of material conceptions of power.

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G. Tanıl, “Norwegian national identity and the question of European integration ,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2003.