Epistemic Communities, Epistemes and the Construction of (World) Politics

Antoniades, Andreas (2003) Epistemic Communities, Epistemes and the Construction of (World) Politics. Global Society, 17 (1). pp. 21-38. ISSN 1360-0826

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Abstract

The article combines the argument about the social construction of reality with a power/knowledge approach to social reality. In this context it is argued that epistemic communities, by being an integral part of the knowledge/power equation, and by having an authoritative claim on knowledge, exercise decisive power in the ‘‘interaction game’’ of the construction of (world) politics. In the first two sections of the article the concepts of reality and epistemic communities are defined. In the third section a two-level model of epistemic communities’ action is developed, aiming at illustrating their role in the construction of world politics. The last section addresses the issue of the relationship between the epistemic and the political.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social construction of reality, epistemic communities, experts, world politics, constructivism, power/knowledge, foreign policy making
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Andreas Antoniades
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 12:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1778
Google Scholar:50 Citations

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