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Social Theory of International Politics / Edition 1

Social Theory of International Politics / Edition 1

by Alexander Wendt


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Social Theory of International Politics / Edition 1

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780521469609
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series , #67
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 450
Sales rank: 647,814
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 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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