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The Social Construction of State PowerApplying Realist Constructivism$
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J. Samuel Barkin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529209839

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529209839.001.0001

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Causation in Realist Constructivism: Interactionality, Emergence and the Need for Interpretation

Causation in Realist Constructivism: Interactionality, Emergence and the Need for Interpretation

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(p.19) 2 Causation in Realist Constructivism: Interactionality, Emergence and the Need for Interpretation
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(p.i) The Social Construction of State Power
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Germán C. Prieto

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529209839.003.0002

Realist constructivism has the potential to offer a stronger account of causation than either classical realism or constructivism on their own. It can combine classical realism’s account of interactionality and rationalism in power politics, in which agency acquires a significant causal role, and constructivism’s account of causal emergence, where social context is analyzed in depth and the causal role of normative structures is highlighted. This account of causality, embedded in a critical realist philosophy of social science, shows that realist constructivist causal argument needs to incorporate interpretivism in order to give better accounts of causation that accounts for the roles of both agency and structure.

Keywords:   Realism, Constructivism, causation, critical realism, interactionality, agency

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