This chapter begins by identifying a gap in International Relations scholarship. Despite many proposed mechanisms by which actors create and change various forms of shared knowledge (such as persuasion, norm contestation, and strategic social construction), the field lacks clear knowledge about how these mechanisms relate or compare to one another, and about how actors know how and when to engage in them. It then introduces the central argument of the book—that participants in world politics are also simultaneously engaged in an ongoing social practice of rule-making, interpretation, and application. This practice, itself governed by specialized procedural rules, provides an instruction manual that enables actors to engage in contextually appropriate ways of making and interpreting rules. These procedural rules shape outcomes, and thus help to explain change in international rules and institutions. The chapter concludes by introducing the case studies and by providing an overview of the plan of the book.
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