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The constructivist turn: critical theory after the Cold War

Reus-Smith, Christian


This paper explores the relationship between Third Debate critical theories and the emerging 'constructivist' perspective on international relations. Modern and postmodern critical theories of the Third Debate exhibited a distinctive metatheoretical profile, privileging epistemological, methodological, and normative critique over substantive analysis of world politics. From the late 1980s onward, three factors reoriented critical theory, prompting a 'constructivist turn': the neorealist and...[Show more]

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Date published: 1996
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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