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Political Institutionalization, Social Construction, and Physical Reality

Ulrich Krotz

in Flying Tiger

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199759934
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897193 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759934.003.0001
Political Institutionalization, Social Construction, and Physical Reality

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This chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to bring together distinct general theoretical views on how the world works, focusing on a particular kind of French-German security and defense history and politics stretching over nearly four decades from the time of Cold War Europe in the 1970s into the early 21st century—at the beginning of an entirely new age of global politics. The study argues that specific types of institutionalization and construction between states affect the national interests and security policies of the states involved. This takes place under certain conditions and with certain contingencies, and it does so in time periods and policy areas in which we should least expect this to happen: cutting-edge advanced weapons production involving enormous financial and technological resources, in response to security threats of truly existential dimensions. The chapter then discusses the book's research questions and analytic objectives, theoretical and conceptual explorations, and empirical inquiries.

Keywords: French-German security; defense history; institutionalization; national interest; security policy; weapons production

Chapter.  11127 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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