Policy Press

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The Social Construction of State Power

Applying Realist Constructivism

Edited by J. Samuel Barkin

Published

6 May 2020

Page count

246 pages

ISBN

978-1529209839

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

6 May 2020

Page count

246 pages

ISBN

978-1529209853

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

6 May 2020

Page count

246 pages

ISBN

978-1529209853

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
The Social Construction of State Power

Realism and constructivism are often viewed as competing paradigms for understanding international relations, though scholars are increasingly arguing that the two are compatible.

Edited by one of the leading proponents of realist constructivism, this volume shows what realist constructivism looks like in practice by innovatively combining exposition and critiques of the realist constructivist approach with a series of international case studies. Each chapter addresses a key empirical question in international relations and provides important guidance for how to combine both approaches effectively in research. Addressing future directions and possibilities for realist constructivism in international relations, this book makes a significant contribution to the theorizing of global politics.

“This important volume is an intellectually rigorous, theoretically insightful, and creatively well-balanced collection of realist-constructivist applications. It underscores why realist-constructivism is one of the most promising research programs in international relations studies today.” Jennifer Sterling-Folker, University of Connecticut

"Realist constructivism is one of the most exciting developments in Anglophone constructivism in recent years. Since neither realism nor constructivism were ever one homogenous thing, this book's exploration of diverse intersections and overlaps is a particularly promising way forward." Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, American University

J. Samuel Barkin is a Professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Realist Constructivism: An Introduction ~ Samuel Barkin;

Causation in Realist Constructivism: Interactionality, Emergence, and the Need for Interpretation ~ Germán C. Prieto;

Constructivist and Neoclassical Realisms ~ Samuel Barkin;

Huadu: A Realist-Constructivist Account of Taiwan’s Anomalous Status ~ Martin Boyle;

The India-U.S. Nuclear Deal: Norms of Power and the Power of Norms ~ Saira Bano;

How Engagement Works: Lessons From U.S. Policy Toward China ~ Chi-hung Wei;

Taking Co-Constitution Seriously: Explaining an Ambiguous U.S. Approach to Latin America ~ Justin Delacour;

The Bridging Capacity of Realist Constructivism: The Normative Evolution of Human Security Doctrine and the Responsibility to Protect ~ Andreea Iancu;

Permutations and Combinations in Theorizing Global Politics: Whither Realist Constructivism? ~ Laura Sjoberg;

Saving Realist Prudence ~ Stefano Guzzini