By Antje Wiener
As social practices now usually expand past nationwide obstacles, studies and expectancies approximately reasonable and legit politics became more and more fragmented. Our skill to appreciate and interpret others and to tolerate distinction, instead of conquer variety, is accordingly in danger. This publication makes a speciality of the contested meanings of norms in an international of accelerating foreign encounters. the writer argues that cultural practices are much less seen than organisational practices, yet are constitutive for politics and wish to be understood and empirically 'accounted' for. evaluating 4 elite teams in Europe, Antje Wiener indicates how this invisible structure of politics issues. by means of evaluating person interpretations of norms comparable to democracy and human rights, she exhibits how they could suggest various things, even to often traveling elite teams.
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Proposition 1 2 3 Converging interpretation of the meaning of constitutional norms is more likely within one single political arena than in many different arenas. Converging interpretations of the meaning of constitutional norms in different political arenas are likely to increase with repeated interaction across community boundaries. Interaction across community boundaries is more likely to involve elites than other social groups. Elites are therefore most likely to enhance cultural harmonisation.
On the other hand, norms are generally accepted, sanctioned prescriptions for, or prohibitions against, others’ behaviour, belief, or feeling – or else. Values can be held by a single individual, norms cannot’ (Morris 1956: 610; my emphasis). ). Unlike values which are individually transported, norms operate within a social environment. They are defined by norm-setters for norm-followers to be obeying them. ). 1). This behaviourist perspective focuses on the ‘logic of appropriateness’ (March and Olsen 1989: 23).
These logics allow for an 6 7 The respective conceptualisations include, for example, interaction based on behavioural sociology (Morris 1956), communicative interaction based on deliberation (see Müller 2004; Ulbert and Risse 2005; and Deitelhoff 2007), or ‘contestation’ as an indicator of democratic governance (Dahl 1971). Compare, for example, the debate among neoliberal and critical International Relations scholars on the politicisation of international institutions in the German International Relations journal Zeitschrift für internationale Beziehungen 14(1), 2007.
The Invisible Constitution of Politics: Contested Norms and International Encounters by Antje Wiener