Roxana Bobulescu - Critical Realism versus Social Constructivism in International Relations

jpe:10611 - Journal of Philosophical Economics, May 20, 2011, Volume IV Issue 2 -
Critical Realism versus Social Constructivism in International Relations

Authors: Roxana Bobulescu

    This article discusses the methodological differences between the British school and the American school of international relations. It attempts to demonstrate that Susan Strange, representative of the British school, could be considered a critical realist. The aim of the article is to show that her vision of international political economy fulfills the methodological reorientation initiated in economics by Tony Lawson at the end of the 90s. Strange's radical ontology claims that structural power determines human actions. The paper contrasts Strange's approach with that of John Ruggie, from the American school, who identifies himself as a social constructivist. Ruggie emphasizes the role of ideational factors in international relations and the constructed nature of social reality.

    Volume: Volume IV Issue 2
    Section: Articles
    Published on: May 20, 2011
    Imported on: December 28, 2022
    Keywords: international political economy,international organisation,structuralism,neo-utilitarianism,[SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences


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