- The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science
- About the Contributors
- Between Utopia and Reality: The Practical Discourses of International Relations
- The State and International Relations
- From International Relations to Global Society
- The Point is Not Just to Explain the World but to Change It
- A Disabling Discipline?
- Eclectic Theorizing in the Study and Practice of International Relations
- The Ethics of Realism
- The Ethics of Marxism
- Neoliberal Institutionalism
- The Ethics of Neoliberal Institutionalism
- The New Liberalism
- The Ethics of the New Liberalism
- The English School
- The Ethics of the English School
- The Ethics of Constructivism
- Critical Theory
- The Ethics of Critical Theory
- The Ethics of Postmodernism
- The Ethics Of Feminism
- Methodological Individualism and Rational Choice
- Sociological Approaches
- Psychological Approaches
- Quantitative Approaches
- Case Study Methods
- Historical Methods
- International Political Economy
- Strategic Studies
- Foreign‐Policy Decision‐Making
- International Ethics
- International Law
- Scholarship and Policy‐Making: Who Speaks Truth to Whom?
- International Relations: The Relevance of Theory to Practice
- International Relations from Below
- International Relations Theory from a Former Hegemon
- The Concept of Power and the (Un)discipline of International Relations
- Locating Responsibility: The Problem of Moral Agency in International Relations
- Big Questions in the Study of World Politics
- The Failure of Static and the Need for Dynamic Approaches to International Relations
- Six Wishes for a More Relevant Discipline of International Relations
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the features that distinguish constructivism from other approaches to international relations and then looks at some controversies within constructivist scholarship today and between constructivists and others. The rise of the constructivist approach has encouraged new strands of empirical and philosophical research in international relations, and has led to interesting end problems at the boundary between constructivism and other approaches. Two strands of research, on the relations between strategic behaviour and international norms and between rationalism and constructivism, serve as examples of promising research in constructivist international relations theory.
Political Science, Northwestern University
Ian Hurd is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.
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