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Martha Finnemore and Judith Goldstein

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199970087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970087.001.0001

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Stephen Krasner: Subversive Realist

Stephen Krasner: Subversive Realist

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(p.28) 3 Stephen Krasner: Subversive Realist
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Robert O. Keohane

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970087.003.0003

Stephen D. Krasner is conventionally regarded as a realist student of international political economy. But he is equally an institutional theorist, who has made major contributions to our understanding of international regimes and sovereignty as well as of the difference between control and authority in world politics. Krasner also shares much common ground with constructivists, because of his emphasis on the role of ideas and identity and his discussion of the role of social norms, as applied, or violated, by agents. His distinguished work on sovereignty emphasizes these themes. The chapter concludes by suggesting that Steve Krasner’s insightful perspective on world politics could be usefully focused on the important but under-theorized concept of persuasion. Progress in understanding persuasion is more likely to be made by combining concepts—as Krasner has done in such a distinguished fashion throughout his career—than by using only one perspective, realist, institutionalist, or constructivist. Indeed, Krasner’s work is a refutation of the view that these three approaches to world politics are mutually exclusive.

Keywords:   realism, political realism, Stephen Krasner, international relations, international relations theory, persuasion

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