Constructivism- Week 5 Wendt Alexander- Anarchy is what states make of it

Constructivism- Week 5 Wendt Alexander- Anarchy is what states make of it

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Week 5 – Constructivism Reading: Anarchy is what states make of it (Wendt, Alexander) Introduces Kenneth Waltz “wars occur because there is nothing to prevent them” Wendt focuses on why Waltz’s definition of structure is not sufficient Assumptions of Constructivism: States act differently towards friends (who do not pose threats) and foes (who may pose threats) Anarchy and distribution of power are insufficient in telling us who is threatening Actors acquire multiple identities (just like people have multiple identities linked to institutional roles: one person can be brother, father, teacher, citizen etc) Identities form the basis of interests/institutions o The actors need know who they are in the political realm before they know what they want. An institution is a relatively stable structure of identities and interests; they may be: o Cooperative Not “self-help” : national interests are international interests identify positively with one another
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