Collective Identity Formation and the International State

  title={Collective Identity Formation and the International State},
  author={A. Wendt},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  • A. Wendt
  • Published 1994
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
  • The neorealist-neoliberal debate about the possibilities for collective action in international relations has been based on a shared commitment to Mancur Olson's rationalist definition of the problem as one of getting exogenously given egoists to cooperate. Treating this assumption as a de facto hypothesis about world politics, I articulate the rival claim that interaction at the systemic level changes state identities and interests. The causes of state egoism do not justify always treating it… CONTINUE READING
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