This new book unites in one volume some of the most prominent critiques of Alexander Wendt's constructivist theory of international relations and includes the first comprehensive reply by Wendt.
Partly reprints of benchmark articles, partly new original critiques, the critical chapters are informed by a wide array of contending theories ranging from realism to poststructuralism. The collected leading theorists critique Wendt’s seminal book Social Theory of International Politics and his subsequent revisions. They take issue with the full panoply of Wendt’s approach, such as his alleged positivism, his critique of the realist school, the conceptualism of identity, and his teleological theory of history. Wendt’s reply is not limited to rebuttal only. For the first time, he develops his recent idea of quantum social science, as well as its implications for theorising international relations.
This unique volume will be a necessary companion to Wendt’s book for students and researchers seeking a better understanding of his work, and also offers one of the most up-to-date collections on constructivist theorizing.
1 The Constructivist Challenge to Structural Realism: A Review Essay
Dale C. Copeland
2 Constructing a New Orthodoxy?
Wendt’s ‘Social Theory of International Politics’ and the Constructivist Challenge
3 Grand Theory in the Age of its Impossibility:
Contemplations on Alexander Wendt
4 Wendt, IR and Philosophy: a critique
5 Wendt’s constructivism: a relentless quest for synthesis
Stefano Guzzini & Anna Leander
6 Constructivism and Identity: A Dangerous Liaison
7 Endogenizing Corporate Identities:
The Next Step in Constructivist IR Theory
Lars-Erik Cederman & Christopher Daase
8 Reflexivity and structural change
9 No place for politics?
Truth, progress and the neglected role of diplomacy in Wendt’s theory of history
10 Social Theory as Cartesian science: an auto-critique from a quantum perspective
The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years, with new subject matter being brought to light and new approaches from in and out of the social sciences being tried out. This series offers itself as a broad church for innovative work that aims to renew the discipline.