Social Theory of International Politics / Edition 1by Alexander Wendt, Wendt Alexander
Pub. Date: 11/28/1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Drawing on philosophy and social theory, Social Theory of International Politics develops a cultural theory of international politics that contrasts with the realist mainstream. Wendt argues that states can view each other as enemies, rivals, or friends. He characterizes these roles as "cultures of anarchy," which are shared ideas that help shape states' interests and capabilities. These cultures can change over time as ideas change. Wendt thus argues that the nature of international politics is not fixed, and that the international system is not condemned to conflict and war.
- Cambridge University Press
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- Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #67
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- New Edition
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- 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; 1. Four sociologies of international politics; Part I. Social Theory: 2. Scientific realism and social kinds; 3. 'Ideas all the way down?': on the constitution of power and interest; 4. Structure, agency and culture; Part II. International Politics: 5. The state and the problem of corporate agency; 6. Three cultures of anarchy; 7. Process and structural change; 8. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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