Dangerous liaisons? Critical international theory and constructivism

Price, Richard and Reus-Smit, Christian (1998) Dangerous liaisons? Critical international theory and constructivism. European Journal of International Relations, 4 3: 259-294. doi:10.1177/1354066198004003001

Author Price, Richard
Reus-Smit, Christian
Title Dangerous liaisons? Critical international theory and constructivism
Journal name European Journal of International Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-0661
Publication date 1998-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1354066198004003001
Volume 4
Issue 3
Start page 259
End page 294
Total pages 36
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The 1990s have seen the emergence of a new `constructivist' approach to international theory and analysis. This article is concerned with the relationship between constructivism and critical international theory, broadly defined. Contrary to the claims of several prominent critical theorists of the Third Debate, we argue that constructivism has its intellectual roots in critical social theory, and that the constructivist project of conceptual elaboration and empirical analysis need not violate the principal epistemological, methodological or normative tenets of critical international theory. Furthermore, we contend that constructivism can make a vital contribution to the development of critical international theory, offering crucial insights into the sociology of moral community in world politics. The advent of constructivism should thus be seen as a positive development, one that not only enables critical theorists to mount a more powerful challenge to the dominant rationalist theories, but one that also promises to advance critical international theory itself.
Keyword Epistemic Communities
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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