Differences Beyond Theory: Structural, Strategic, and Sentimental Approaches to Normative Change

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Title Differences Beyond Theory: Structural, Strategic, and Sentimental Approaches to Normative Change
Author Widmaier, Wesley; Park, Susan
Journal Name International Studies Perspectives
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Abstract Over the past two decades, one of the main themes in IR theory debates has been a concern for the interplay of agents, structures, and change. In this article, we engage with these debates as they pertain to “the state of the art” by highlighting in broad fashion three “constructivist turns” and their implications for efforts to explain the rise and demise of norms. More specifically, we offer a stylized history of a debate marked by shifting emphases on structural constraints, strategic practices, and sentimental forces. In the context of this symposium, while we accept many of our colleagues’ critiques of extant scholarship, we draw on the work of Richard Rorty to argue that the most important differences pertain to matters “beyond theory,” regarding the effects of norms in enabling the establishment of either an open community or disciplinary society.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1528-3585.2012.00459.x
Volume 13
Issue Number 2
Page from 123
Page to 134
ISSN 1528-3585
Date Accessioned 2012-06-20
Date Available 2013-06-03T03:59:56Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy; Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47256
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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