A world of their making: an evaluation of the constructivist critique in international relations

Palan, Ronen (2000) A world of their making: an evaluation of the constructivist critique in international relations. Review of International Studies, 26 (4). 575 - 598. ISSN 0260-2105

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Abstract

IR constructivism maintain that a proper understanding of the way subjects interact with the world and with each other alerts us to the fallacy of conventional IR theory. And yet, for a theory that is so obviously dependent upon a rigorous working of the relationship between social theory and its IR variant, it is curious that, with one or two exceptions, IR constructivists often advance incompatible theories. I argue that the confused manner by which, in particular, ‘soft’ constructivism relates to social theory is not accidental but a necessary component of a theory that asserts, but never proves, the primacy of norms and laws over material considerations, in domestic and international politics.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:26
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 03:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12407

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