TAKING STOCK: The Constructivist Research Program in International Relations and Comparative Politics

@article{Finnemore2001TAKINGST,
  title={TAKING STOCK: The Constructivist Research Program in International Relations and Comparative Politics},
  author={Martha Finnemore and Kathryn Sikkink},
  journal={Annual Review of Political Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={4},
  pages={391-416}
}
▪ Abstract Constructivism is an approach to social analysis that deals with the role of human consciousness in social life. It asserts that human interaction is shaped primarily by ideational factors, not simply material ones; that the most important ideational factors are widely shared or “intersubjective” beliefs, which are not reducible to individuals; and that these shared beliefs construct the interests of purposive actors. In international relations, research in a constructivist mode has… Expand
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