Social Theory of International Politics

Social Theory of International Politics

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Drawing upon philosophy and social theory, Social Theory of International Politics develops a theory of the international system as a social construction. Alexander Wendt clarifies the central claims of the constructivist approach, presenting a structural and idealist worldview which contrasts with the individualism and materialism which underpins much mainstream international relations theory. He builds a cultural theory of international politics, which takes whether states view each other as enemies, rivals or friends as a fundamental determinant. Wendt characterises these roles as 'cultures of anarchy', described as Hobbesian, Lockean and Kantian respectively. These cultures are shared ideas which help shape state interests and capabilities, and generate tendencies in the international system. The book describes four factors which can drive structural change from one culture to another - interdependence, common fate, homogenization, and self-restraint - and examines the effects of capitalism and democracy in the emergence of a Kantian culture in the West.


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Author(s)
Alexander Wendt, Steve Smith, Thomas Biersteker, Chris Brown, Phil Cerny, Alex Danchev, Joseph M. Grieco, John Groome, Richard A. Higgott, G. John Ikenberry
Format
Paperback | 447 pages
Dimensions
152 x 227 x 29mm | 710g
Publication date
01 Dec 1999
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
4 Line drawings, unspecified
ISBN10
0521469600
ISBN13
9780521469609
Bestsellers rank
131,284