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The Social Construction of State Power: Applying Realist Constructivism

J. Samuel Barkin


The relationship between realism and constructivism in international relations theory is a fraught one. The two paradigmatic framings of IR are often understood, and taught, as being in opposition to each other. The relationship is also an important one. Realism and constructivism are two of the central concepts around which the academic discipline is organized and are often presented as incompatible or paradigmatically irreconcilable. A number of scholars have argued, however, that the two are compatible. But these discussions have tended to be at a theoretical rather than applied level; they ... More

Keywords: International Relations, theory, realism, constructivism, case studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529209839
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529209839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Samuel Barkin, editor
University of Massachusetts Boston