Social Theory of International Politics

Alexander Wendt (Author)
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Description

Drawing on philosophy and social theory, Social Theory of International Politics develops a cultural theory of international politics that contrasts with the realist mainstream. Wendt argues that states can view each other as enemies, rivals, or friends. He characterizes these roles as "cultures of anarchy," which are shared ideas that help shape states' interests and capabilities. These cultures can change over time as ideas change. Wendt thus argues that the nature of international politics is not fixed, and that the international system is not condemned to conflict and war.

Product Details

Price
$44.99
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
July 10, 1999
Pages
447
Dimensions
6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780521469609

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About the Author

Alexander Wendt is Ralph D. Mershon Professor of International Security and Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University. He is the author of Social Theory of International Politics (Cambridge, 1999) which won the International Studies Association's Best Book of the Decade Award in 2006.

Reviews

"Alexander Wendt's Social Theory of International Politics is one of the most important books of international relations (IR) theory to be published in the past few decades...Wendt's contribution is impressive and deserves consideration by all students of IR, as well as those who seek to understand the role of ideas, norms and culture in political life...Wendt's book systematically tackles a host of devilishly difficult and professionally contested issues with a clear-eyed, eloquent, and original approach...with this extraordinarily thoughtful book, Wendt has made the best analytical case so far for taking seriously the social nature of international politics." Journl of Politics
"The writing is careful, engaging, and sophisticated, and anticipates and disarms potential critics...no one will be able to ignore what Wendt has done. All libraries should own this book and all scholars of internaional relations should read it." Choice
"A new 'constructivist' approach to international politics has been gaining ground in recent years....A leading figure in this movement, Wendt takes aim at realists and liberals who stress materialist or individualist causes of state action." Foreign Affairs
"Social Theory deserves the distinguished company in which its title implicitly places it. The writing is careful, engaging, and sophisticated, and anticipates and disarms potential critics. All libraries should own this book and all scholars of international relations should read it." E. R. DeSombre, Choice
"...Alexander Wendt has provided one of the most sophisticated and hard-hitting constructivist critiques of structural realism. Social Theory of International Politics provides the first book-length statement of his unique brand of constructivism." International Security