It takes all types: social psychology, trust, and the international relations paradigm in our minds

  title={It takes all types: social psychology, trust, and the international relations paradigm in our minds},
  author={Brian C. Rathbun},
  journal={International Theory},
  pages={345 - 380}
The insights of social psychology are not thoroughly integrated into international relations theory, yet social psychology has much to offer. Social psychology provides a conceptualization of a number of varieties of trust – moralistic, strategic, and generalized – and their opposites that implicitly drive the logic of major works of international relations. It also reveals the empirical presence of a number of different types of trusters who make different assumptions about the trustworthiness… 
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