English School and Constructivism

Authored by: Federico Merke

Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security

Print publication date:  July  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415718691
eBook ISBN: 9781315867908
Adobe ISBN: 9781317965091


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Scholars of international security have increasingly recognized the importance of ideational factors, such as beliefs, norms, and culture, in explaining a variety of security outcomes. This recognition appears to challenge traditional conceptions of security and power politics. Against this background, English school and constructivism have emerged as two prominent social approaches. In this chapter, I argue that these theories offer important insights into the transformation of state security interests from a nonmaterialist standpoint in the context of Latin America.

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