Focusing empirically on how political and economic forces are
always mediated and interpreted by agents, both in individual
countries and in the international sphere, Constructing the
International Economy sets out what such constructions and
what various forms of constructivism mean, both as ways of
understanding the world and as sets of varying methods for
achieving that understanding. It rejects the assumption that
material interests either linearly or simply determine economic
outcomes and demands that analysts consider, as a plausible
hypothesis, that economies might vary substantially for nonmaterial
reasons that affect both institutions and agents' interests.
Constructing the International Economy portrays the
diversity of models and approaches that exist among constructivists
writing on the international political economy. The authors outline
and relate several different arguments for why scholars might
attend to social construction, inviting the widest possible array
of scholars to engage with such approaches. They examine points of
terminological or theoretical confusion that create unnecessary
barriers to engagement between constructivists and
nonconstructivist work and among different types of constructivism.
This book provides a tool kit that both constructivists and their
critics can use to debate how much and when social construction
matters in this deeply important realm.
Subjects: Political Science
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