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Trust in International Relations
Rationalist, Constructivist, and Psychological Approaches

ISBN 9781138630086
Published March 5, 2018 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

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:

  • United States and India
  • ASEAN and Southeast Asian countries
  • Finland and Sweden
  • USA and Egypt
  • The European Union and Russia
  • Turkey’s relations with the West

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Approaching trust and mistrust in International Relations

By Hiski Haukkala, Carina van de Wetering and Johanna Vuorelma

Part 1

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

Part 2

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

By Tuomas Forsberg

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Hiski Haukkala, Faculty of Management, University of Tampere, Finland

Carina van de Wetering, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Johanna Vuorelma, Network for European Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland