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National Interests in International Society (Cornell Studies in Political Economy)
How do states know what they want? Asking how interests are defined and how changes in them are accommodated, Martha Finnemore shows the fruitfulness of a constructivist approach to international politics. She draws on insights from sociological institutionalism to develop a systemic approach to state interests and state behavior by investigating an international structure ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 15th 1996 by Cornell University Press
(first published 1996)
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An important work in the launch of constructivism in international relations, a school of thought which breathed life and reality into the field. This short, clearly written book reads a bit like a doctoral thesis, but provides powerful food for thought and a map for constructivist research. The case studies are interesting, albeit a bit thinly connected to the overall thesis. The real meat comes in the powerfully written conclusion, which provides guidance and questions for constructivists to a ...more