Social Theory of International Politics

  title={Social Theory of International Politics},
  author={Alexander Wendt},
Drawing upon philosophy and social theory, Social Theory of International Politics develops a theory of the international system as a social construction. Alexander Wendt clarifies the central claims of the constructivist approach, presenting a structural and idealist worldview which contrasts with the individualism and materialism which underpins much mainstream international relations theory. He builds a cultural theory of international politics, which takes whether states view each other as… 
A Relational Theory of World Politics
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From International to World Society?: English School Theory and the Social Structure of Globalisation
In this 2004 book, Barry Buzan offers an extensive critique and reappraisal of the English school approach to International Relations. Starting on the neglected concept of world society and bringing
The Political Authority of Secularism in International Relations
Secularism is an important source of political authority in International Relations theory and practice. Secularists identify something called ‘religion’ and separate it from the domains of the
The Thrust of Wendtian Constructivism
The core of Alexander Wendt’s theorization of international politics consists in his intellectual endeavour to develop a theory of the international system as a “social construction,” which lies in
Why has constructivism emerged as an important force in the field of international relations and politics in the end of the 20th century? Why constructivism and not any other theoretical approach?
Paradigm Lost? Reassessing Theory of International Politics
Constructivists attack the social theory of Kenneth Waltz’s Theory of International Politics (TIP), arguing its positions on change, agent-structure interaction and culture are irrevocably flawed. We
The Constructivist Challenge to Structural Realism: A Review Essay
Alexander Wendt, Social Theory of International Politics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999 For more than a decade realism, by most accounts the dominant paradigm in international relations
The Political Sociology of World Society
In taking up current discussions in IR, the article argues that behind the historical constitution of world society there is the still ongoing process of modernization. Based on sociological authors
The Enduring Place of Hierarchy in World Politics: Tracing the Social Logics of Hierarchy and Political Change
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The constructivist turn in international relations theory
In recent years, constructivist thinking about global politics has brought a breath of fresh air to international relations. By exploring questions of identity and interest, constructivist scholars


The Social Construction of International Society
Metatheoretical debates, once the preserve of political and social theory, have entered the iron cage of International Relations. This article opens with a discussion of these debates, in particular
The constructivist turn in international relations theory
In recent years, constructivist thinking about global politics has brought a breath of fresh air to international relations. By exploring questions of identity and interest, constructivist scholars
Feudal Europe, 800–1300: communal discourse and conflictual practices
The discipline of international relations faces a new debate of fundamental significance. After the realist challenge to the pervasive idealism of the interwar years and the social scientific
Realism, Change, and International Political Theory
Much recent commentary on the theory of international politics has focused on the analysis of change and the continuing vitality of political realism. This paper argues that the philosophical
International Society as Homogeneity
The concept of ‘international society’ occupies a significant place, at once constitutive and spectral, in the study of international relations. A number of reasons for this ambivalent position will
The assumption of anarchy in international relations theory: a critique *
‘Anarchy is one of the most vague and ambiguous words in language.’ George Coreewall Lewis, 1832. In much current theorizing, anarchy has once again been declared to be the fundamental assumption
The Other in European self-definition: an addendum to the literature on international society*
The dominant role of the realist paradigm in international relations theory has left little room for the study of the role of cultural variables in world politics. The two central tenets of the
False necessity : anti-necessitarian social theory in the service of radical democracy : from Politics, a work in constructive social theory
This new edition of "False Necessity" marks the beginning of Verso's reissuing of Unger's major works in political and social thought, first published under the collective title of "Politics". This
Democracy against Capitalism: The separation of the ‘economic’ and the ‘political’ in capitalism
The original intention of historical materialism was to provide a theoretical foundation for interpreting the world in order to change it. This was not an empty slogan. It had a very precise meaning.
The Hegelian state and International polities
  • A. Vincent
  • Philosophy
    Review of International Studies
  • 1983
It is a characteristic of political theory and international politics that certain wellworn stereotypes are perennially wheeled out for generations of students. Some of these may be useful landmarks