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Trust in International Relations

Rationalist, Constructivist, and Psychological Approaches, 1st Edition

Edited by Hiski Haukkala, Carina van de Wetering, Johanna Vuorelma


188 pages

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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

ByTuomas Forsberg

About the Editors

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

About the Series

Routledge Global Cooperation Series

The Routledge Global Cooperation series develops innovative approaches to understanding, explaining and answering one of the most pressing questions of our time – how can cooperation in a culturally diverse world of nine billion people succeed?

We are rapidly approaching our planet’s limits, with trends such as advancing climate change and the destruction of biological diversity jeopardising our natural life support systems. Accelerated globalisation processes lead to an ever growing interconnectedness of markets, states, societies, and individuals. Many of today's problems cannot be solved by nation states alone. Intensified cooperation at the local, national, international, and global level is needed to tackle current and looming global crises.

This interdisciplinary series welcomes proposals from a wide range of disciplines such as international relations and global governance, environment and sustainability, development studies, international law, history, political theory or economy which develop theoretical, analytical, and normative approaches concerning pressing global cooperation questions. We favour books that take an interdisciplinary approach and appeal to an international readership comprised of scholars and postgraduate students.

To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd (

Tobias Debiel, Claus Leggewie and Dirk Messner are Co-Directors of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Their research areas are, among others, Global Governance, Climate Change, Peacebuilding and Cultural Diversity of Global Citizenship. The three Co-Directors are, at the same time, based in their home institutions, which participate in the Centre, namely the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE, Messner) in Bonn, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF, Debiel) in Duisburg and The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI, Leggewie) in Essen.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy