Social Theory of International Politics

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 7, 1999 - Political Science - 429 pages
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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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User Review  - Raj Agrawal - Goodreads

[Disclaimer: This is a snapshot of my thoughts on this book after just reading it. This is not meant to serve as a summary of main/supporting points or a critique only as some words on how I engaged ... Read full review

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User Review  - Barry McCulloch - Goodreads

Although stuck in its own 'via media', Wendt makes an invaluable contribution to contemporary IR theory. Read full review

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Alexander Wendt, Jahrgang 1966, beschaftigt sich als Redakteur bei Focus seit 1995 mit Politik-, Wirtschafts- und Wissenschaftsthemen. Von 1989 bis 1995 arbeitete er als Redakteur und freier Journalist fur die Wirtschaftswoche, den Stern, Tagesspiegel und andere Medien. Seit 2011 bloggt er ausserdem auf der Achse des Guten" (www.achgut.de). Im Focus gehoren Energiewirtschaft und Strommarkt seit meh- reren Jahren zu seinen Themen. Im Jahr 2012 schrieb er die Focus-Titelgeschichte Die grosse Illusion" uber die Fehler und Paradoxien der Energiewende.

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