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Normative State Power in International Relations

Marjo Koivisto

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652792
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652792.001.0001
Normative State Power in International Relations

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While the relationship between norms and the state is an omnipresent research theme in International Relations (IR), variants of international theory from classical liberalism to recent constructivism continue to treat ‘normative state power’ as an analytical impossibility. Theoretical scholarship on human rights, global civil society and economic globalization remains primarily focused on moral valuations and mitigation of the geopolitical power of the state. Seldom is the social institutional normative capacity of the state the focus of theoretical or substantive IR analysis. This book offers a new theory of normative state power in global politics. Distinct from the fiscal or military might of states, this book argues normative state power institutionalized and internalized as moral and scientific cultures about statehood in international, regional, national and local state practices, and is a strong form of state power in global politics. Through both theoretical inquiry and substantive analysis on the Nordic model, the book offers a deep institutionalist account of normative state power in the welfare state form. A case study on the internationalist networks of Nordic state innovators in times of economic crises (1930s and 1990s) illustrates why, due to persistence of normative state power, state forms tend to survive through political transformations.

Keywords: normative state power; institutionalism; the Nordic model; welfare states; scientific internationalism

Book.  240 pages. 

Subjects: International Relations

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Introduction: The Problem of State Normativity in International Relations in Normative State Power in International Relations

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Normativity and the State in IR Theory: Frameworks of Analysis in Normative State Power in International Relations

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States are not People: State Theory and IR in Normative State Power in International Relations

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Rethinking Normative State Power in World Politics in Normative State Power in International Relations

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Welfare States in International Relations in Normative State Power in International Relations

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Beyond the Good State: Scientific Internationalism and the Nordic Model in Normative State Power in International Relations

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Ideas Matter, But Institutions Matter More in Normative State Power in International Relations

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