Research Highlights and Abstract
This introduction to the special section on European liberal discourses
- Presents key assumptions discussed in the collection of articles, such as liberalism as a discourse and the conceptualization of discourses as networks.
- Offers an original typology of liberal discourses regarding State intervention.
- Introduces two models linking discursive interactions to discursive change, analogous to the operational code approach and to schema theory in cognitive science.
- Presents original data on DG Trade discourse, to illustrate simultaneous change and continuity.
This introduction to the special section on European liberal discourses discusses three themes covered by all contributions: (i) the co-existence of several market liberal discourses in the European public sphere; (ii) interactions among these various discourses; (iii) and discursive changes resulting from these interactions.