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1. THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIVIST IR THEORY Concept and theoretical propositions
Social ontology and holistic epistemology
Core concepts: identities, interests and socialization.
Foci: ideas and power; international socialization; and the process of social construction.
Causal mechanisms: the mechanism and process of social construction
Explanatory mechanisms. Methodologies.
2. Constructivist theoretical propositions and concepts Theoretical propositions:
ideal (social) nature of the world system; international system and states are thought of as structures of beliefs and knowledge;
Ideational properties of the political actor are produced and reproduced in a cognitive and intersubjective process of interaction;
Core constructivist concepts
Identities: issue-specific, relatively stable understandings and expectations about self;
Interests: ideas about the means for preservation and reproduction of identity;
Socialization: a process of interaction, where political actorsí identities and interests get constructed and reconfigured.
3. Constructivist foci Interplay of ideas and power: ideas although key explanatory variables, are not autonomous from power: rhetorical action; arguing and bargaining; and framing and shaming.
Global norms versus local effects: international socialization- the effect of systemic norms on domestic politics; the role of the international institutions; the role of the domestic context.
Mechanisms and processes of social construction: norm diffusion, learning, argumentation and coercion.
4. Mechanisms and processes of social construction- norm transfer and internalization Norm diffusion: occurs on the public arena, politicized process
Learning: takes place within private (organizational) settings, non-political process
Argumentative mode of social construction: argumentation, persuasion, and deliberation
5. Argumentative mode of socialization