ANKARA AVRUPA CALISMALARI DERGISI-ANKARA REVIEW OF EUROPEAN STUDIES, vol.7, no.1, pp.69-89, 2007 (ESCI)
European integration is a phenomenon that necessitates multidisciplinary analyses. Under effects of the dynamics of globalization, interaction among societies has become an indispensable factor in International Relations. Social/constructive arguments are promising in explicating integration. The societal process of ideational change has been focus and the transformation of collective ideas and values into common interests and policies has been pivotal in these arguments. Liberal institutional theories take collective ideas as secondary factors. They emphasize the interaction at elite level, but disregard the social civil dialogue that takes place at individual and group levels. For social integration and reconciliation at the European Union (EU) level, the social interaction with the candidate and new member states,. thus civil, social constructivist approaches deserve more academic interest.