Socialisation Mechanisms in the Decision-Making process in the Council of the European Union

April 2014 – October 2015, financed by the National Centre of Science.

Description: Providing an explanation of the decision-making process in the European Union, and especially in one of its main institutions, the Council of the EU, is one of the most important aims of European/EU studies. Among various factors that could influence this process, socialisation, i.e. adopting common values, norms, etc. by actors engaged in interactions within (international) institutional settings, is the one that has been given attention only recently, with the advent of constructivism in EU studies. Constructivists, emphasising the importance of non-material, ideational factors, claim that the decision-making in the Council cannot be understood or explained without taking socialisation mechanisms into account. The main research objective of the project is to verify this claim, i.e. support or deny socialisation influence on the course and outcomes of the decision-making in the Council. It will also aim to verify how useful is the constructivist approach for EU studies.

Principal investigator: Kamil Ławniczak, PhD

Supervisor: Konstanty Adam Wojtaszczyk, Prof