Constructing the World Polity: Essays on International by John Gerard Ruggie

By John Gerard Ruggie

Constructing the realm Polity brings jointly in a single assortment the theoretical rules of 1 of the main influential diplomacy theorists of our time. those essays, with a brand new advent, and entire connective sections, current Ruggie's principles and their software to severe coverage questions of the post-Cold struggle foreign order. topics lined comprise: * foreign association. How the 'new Institutionalism' differs from the previous. * The process of States. Explorations of political constitution, social time, and territorial area on this planet polity. * Making historical past. the USA and the difficulty of 'agency' within the post-Cold used to be period. NATO and the longer term transatlantic defense neighborhood. The United countries and the collective use of strength.

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Constitutive rules define the set of practices that make up any particular consciously organized social activity—that is to say, they specify what counts as that activity. Introduction 23 This basic distinction permits us to describe a profound limitation of neo-utilitarianism: it lacks any concept of constitutive rules. Its universe of discourse consists entirely of antecedently existing actors and their behavior, and its project is to explain the character and efficacy of regulative rules in coordinating them.

But Katzenstein in particular identifies the specific normative and institutional practices in Japan and Germany that any move toward reversal would have to contend with and overcome. Third, there is growing empirical evidence that normative factors in addition to states’ identities shape their interests, or their behavior directly, which neo-utilitarianism similarly does not encompass. 12 More research needs to be done on this set of issues, but enough is available to merit serious reflection.

Social constructivism in international relations has come into its own during the past decade or so, not only as metatheoretical critique but increasingly in the form of empirical evidence and insights. Constructivism addresses many of the same issues that neoutilitarianism has addressed, though typically from a different angle, but also some that neo-utilitarianism treats by assumption, discounts, ignores, or simply cannot apprehend within its ontology and/or epistemology. Constructivists seek to push the empirical and explanatory domains of international relations theory beyond the analytical confines of neorealism and neoliberal institutionalism in all directions: by problematizing states’ identities and interests; by broadening the array of ideational factors that affect international outcomes; by introducing the logically prior constitutive rules alongside regulative rules; and by including transformation as a normal feature of international politics that systemic theory should encompass even if its empirical occurrence is episodic and moves on a different time line from everyday life.

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