Strategies for Research in Constructivist International Relations
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Strategies for Research in Constructivist International Relations

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Constructivism's basic premise - that individuals and groups are shaped by their world but can also change it - may seem intuitively true. Yet this process-oriented approach can be more difficult to apply than structural or rational choice frameworks. Based on their own experiences and exemplars from the IR literature, well-known authors Audie Klotz and Cecelia Lynch lay out concepts and tools for anyone seeking to apply the constructivist approach in research. Written in jargon-free prose and relevant across the social sciences, this book is essential for anyone trying to sort out appropriate methods for empirical research.
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  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • M.E. Sharpe
  • Armonk, United States
  • English
  • 0765620235
  • 9780765620231

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The first edition of "The Political Economy of Chinese Socialism" reconceptualized the political economy of China by highlighting the changing character of urban-rural and state-society conflicts in the era of Mao Zedong's leadership and in the contemporary post-Mao reforms. The economic and social crises that engulfed China - and indeed much of the rest of the socialist world - in the late 1980s, culminating in the 1989 democratic movement and its suppression, stimulated a rethinking of central propositions of the first edition. It particularly led the author to inquire anew into the meaning of socio-political as well as economic development in a populous and poor agrarian nation. This volume, then, assesses the economic performance and social consequences of China's political economy over four decades, with a focus on China's countryside and city-countryside relations. In addition to a reconceptualization and updating of the introductory chapter, there is a new chapter, "The Social Origins and Limits of the Chinese Democratic Movement".
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"This marvelous little volume is deceptive. It is a primer for research that students will find enormously helpful. But it is much more than that. Concise, knowledgeable, and erudite, this book packs a big intellectual punch. It helps all of us in assessing some of the most interesting and novel approaches in current international relations scholarship." - Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University"
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