Ian Hurd*

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This article examines the features that distinguish constructivism from other approaches to international relations and then looks at some controversies within constructivist scholarship today and between constructivists and others. The rise of the constructivist approach has encouraged new strands of empirical and philosophical research in international relations, and has led to interesting end problems at the boundary between constructivism and other approaches. Two strands of research, on the relations between strategic behaviour and international norms and between rationalism and constructivism, serve as examples of promising research in constructivist international relations theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of International Relations
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577031
ISBN (Print)9780199219322
StatePublished - Sep 2 2009


  • Constructivists
  • International norms
  • International relations
  • Rationalism
  • Strategic behaviour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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