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Normativity and the State in IR Theory: Frameworks of Analysis

Marjo Koivisto

in Normative State Power in International Relations

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652792
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652792.003.0002
Normativity and the State in IR Theory: Frameworks of Analysis

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This chapter offers a critical, yet sympathetic analysis of the international society tradition in explaining state normativity. Through a revisionist reading of the English School scholar Hedley Bull’s work on international society, it presents a new account of normative institutional practices of states, called ‘embedded subjectivism.’ This account recasts Bull’s arguments on the ‘positive role of the state’ in international society around an institutionalist version of social practice theory, which is compatible with philosophical realist metatheory. Bull’s writings on purposeful state actors in diplomatic practices, and the state institutions’ position vis-à-vis other institutional complexes in world affairs are focused upon. These institutions provide us with a most appropriate unit of analysis for a historical-sociological study of normative state power in IR.

Keywords: second debate; behaviourism; interpretivism; agent-structure debate; embedded subjectivism

Chapter.  14030 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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