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Theoretical Lens 3 Constructivism
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Constructivism Highlights • Everything in world socially constructed • Social and Material factors equally important • Rules and Norms influence actors’ Identities • Aim to understand rather than explain IR • Reject scientific basis of theory • Reject rational basis of IR theories – (Rationalist theories Vs…)
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Social Constructivism; Reflectivism, critical theor(ies) • Newest of the theoretical lenses • Emerged in Europe to counter overt ‘rational’ theories of IR • Encompasses modern, postmodernism, and feminist strands; linked to Critical Theory • Returns to discussion of ideas in int pol
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Conventional Constructivism • Alexander Wendt, Anarchy is what states make of it , 1992. • Anarchy determined by the structure of the system AND the way that states interpret it. • States can change their response (and identity) and thus overcome anarchy
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Unformatted text preview: Wendts World A. Wendt, Social Theory of Int Politics , 1999. Ideas version of Waltzs systemic analysis of IR Argued that states behave according to 3 normative systems: Hobbesian, Lockean & Kantian Other Conventional Constructivists Martha Finnemore, National Interests in International Society , 1996 Argued that IOs teach states what their interests are (systemic level of analysis) Peter Katzenstein, The Culture of National Security: Norms and Identity in World Politics , 1996 Argued that internal culture of state informs its Identity (state level of analysis) Conventional Constructivism Strengths Explain areas of IR overlooked by rationalist theories Demonstrate how ideas matter in IR Weaknesses Ignores impact of bad ideas When do norms matter?...
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