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Integrating crisis early warning systems: power in the community of practice

Integrating crisis early warning systems: power in the community of practice
Integrating crisis early warning systems: power in the community of practice
This paper argues the importance of integrating power considerations into the study of the communities of practice in European studies and International Relations. Since its introduction, the ‘community of practice’ concept has been criticised for implying overly consensual relations of its members. Notably, the concept has been criticised for underplaying the relations of power affecting the structure and processes of the communities of practice. Drawing on this critique, this paper offers a framework for integrating the considerations of power into the study of the communities of practice in European studies and International Relations. The argument is illustrated with the case of crisis early warning systems, following the European Union’s initiative to integrate them at the global level. While the case analysis mainly serves the purpose of probing the suitability of the theoretical framework, it offers insights into some of the power-related challenges facing the community of crisis early warning practitioners.
communities of practice, power, early warning, practice theory, european union
0703-6337
393-407
Zwolski, Kamil
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Zwolski, Kamil
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Zwolski, Kamil (2016) Integrating crisis early warning systems: power in the community of practice. Journal of European Integration, 38 (4), 393-407. (doi:10.1080/07036337.2016.1138944).

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This paper argues the importance of integrating power considerations into the study of the communities of practice in European studies and International Relations. Since its introduction, the ‘community of practice’ concept has been criticised for implying overly consensual relations of its members. Notably, the concept has been criticised for underplaying the relations of power affecting the structure and processes of the communities of practice. Drawing on this critique, this paper offers a framework for integrating the considerations of power into the study of the communities of practice in European studies and International Relations. The argument is illustrated with the case of crisis early warning systems, following the European Union’s initiative to integrate them at the global level. While the case analysis mainly serves the purpose of probing the suitability of the theoretical framework, it offers insights into some of the power-related challenges facing the community of crisis early warning practitioners.

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Published date: January 2016
Keywords: communities of practice, power, early warning, practice theory, european union
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 385434
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/385434
ISSN: 0703-6337
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Date deposited: 18 Jan 2016 09:25
Last modified: 10 Jan 2022 05:53

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