“Constructing” US Foreign Policy: Past, Present and Future

Authored by: Jack Covarrubias

The Ashgate Research Companion to US Foreign Policy

Print publication date:  December  2009
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754648628
eBook ISBN: 9781315613727
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041177

10.4324/9781315613727.ch7

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Abstract

It has often been stated that the constructivist program of study is more a field of inquiry rather than a coherent theory. 1 1

Jeffrey T. Checkel, “The Constructivist Turn in International Relations Theory,” World Politics 50–2 (1998), 324–348; Emanuel Adler, “Seizing the Middle Ground: Constructivism in World Politics,” European Journal of International Relations 3/3 (September 1997), 319–363.

It permeates all facets of the social sciences, including, over the past several decades, the field of international relations. While the various social sciences focus on particular aspects of constructed reality, they largely stem from the same common root—human interpreted subjectivity. From within the international relations domain, the focus centers on the cognitive and sociological processes that help shape domestic and international affairs.

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