Title

State Personhood in Ontological Security Theories of International Relations and Chinese Nationalism: A Sceptical View

Abstract

International Relations theory continues to grapple with the question of how to account for the behaviour of corporate actors, such as ethnic groups, social classes or, more often than not, states. The viability of certain theoretical approaches that are potentially relevant to explaining contemporary international relations, including theories of socialization, learning and persuasion, partly hinges on resolving this problem. Although it is widely acknowledged that extrapolating theoretical concepts from the individual level to states operating in an international system can be problematic, International Relations theorists continue to use and defend this approach. They often justify this theoretical position using a Friedman-style instrumental rationale: treating the state as a person is theoretically productive because it generates empirically supported hypotheses.

Department(s)

History and Political Science

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1750-8916; 1750-8924

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2007 The Author, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jul 2008

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