Introduction: The Problem of State Normativity in International Relations

Marjo Koivisto

in Normative State Power in International Relations

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652792
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745270 | DOI:
Introduction: The Problem of State Normativity in International Relations

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The normativity of political institutions is an omnipresent research theme in International Relations scholarship. Cosmopolitan political values are contrasted with communitarian ones, especially in evaluating foreign policy choices made by states. Supranational processes and projects like globalisation are said to be responsible for the declining capacity of states to act. Yet at such crossfire of challenges, the field lacks a theory of what normative state power is. This chapter discusses the reasons for this gap in the scholarly field, and examines the practical world political motivations for better explaining the phenomenon. A philosophical realist research design for substantive work on normative matters in IR is also discussed.

Keywords: globalisation; international society; states system; philosophical realism; normative state power

Chapter.  7199 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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