Trust is a core concept in International Relations (IR), representing a key ingredient in state relations. It was only relatively recently that IR scholars began to probe what trust really is, how it can be studied, and how it affects state relations. In the process three distinct ways of theorising trust in IR have emerged: trust as a rational choice calculation, as a social phenomenon or as a psychological dimension. Trust in International Relations explores trust through these different lenses using case studies to analyse the relative strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. The case studies cover relations between:
This book provides insights with real-world relevance in the fields of crisis and conflict management, and will be of great interest for students and scholars of IR, security studies and development studies who are looking to develop a more sophisticated understanding of how different theories of trust can be used in different situations.
Introduction: Approaching trust and mistrust in International Relations
By Hiski Haukkala, Carina van de Wetering and Johanna Vuorelma
Constructivist approaches to trust in International Relations
1. Understanding the trust–distrust nexus between the United States and Egypt
By Ville Sinkkonen
2. Trust as narrative: Representing Turkey in Western foreign policy analysis
By Johanna Vuorelma
3. Mistrust amongst Democracies: Constructing US–India Insecurity during the Cold War
By Carina van de Wetering
Rational and psychological approaches to trust in International Relations
4. The Role of Rational Trust in ASEAN’s creation
By Scott Edwards
5. The cycle of mistrust in EU–Russia relations
By Hiski Haukkala and Sinikukka Saari
6. Mistrust within trust: Finnish–Swedish defence cooperation and the ghosts of the 1990 EC application incident
By Tapio Juntunen and Matti Pesu
7. Taking stock of the study of trust in International Relations
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