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Why do states choose certain normative strategies over others in world politics? Interrogating theories of normative state agency in International Relations.

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In the age of the ‘war on terror’, a key question for scholarship on ethical foreign policy is whether multilateral norms associated with international law and the UN system actually provide the only kind of legitimate normative justifications for international state acts (beyond those in self defence). Can contemporary IR theory ground judgements over legitimate moral justifications for foreign policy? This paper will argue that it cannot, as existing theories cannot explain why state actors choose certain normative international strategies over others in world politics. Moreover, existing approaches are problematic in at least two important ways: 1) they give excessively idealist and rather unconstrained accounts of states as normative actors and 2) have rejected causal analysis of normative issues in IR thus rending their explanations incapable of explaining change in international normative state action. The paper examines the existing accounts in detail in the light of the explanations they give for why state actors chose unexpected normative strategies at the end of the Cold War and during the war on terror. To address the shortcomings in existing analysis, a new research programme on normative state agency in IR is put forward in conclusion.

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normative state agency; 'new ideationalist' problem-field; explaining change in ethical foreign policies
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Koivisto, Marjo. "Why do states choose certain normative strategies over others in world politics? Interrogating theories of normative state agency in International Relations." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA, Mar 22, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p98698_index.html>

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Koivisto, M. , 2006-03-22 "Why do states choose certain normative strategies over others in world politics? Interrogating theories of normative state agency in International Relations." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2013-12-17 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p98698_index.html

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Abstract: In the age of the ‘war on terror’, a key question for scholarship on ethical foreign policy is whether multilateral norms associated with international law and the UN system actually provide the only kind of legitimate normative justifications for international state acts (beyond those in self defence). Can contemporary IR theory ground judgements over legitimate moral justifications for foreign policy? This paper will argue that it cannot, as existing theories cannot explain why state actors choose certain normative international strategies over others in world politics. Moreover, existing approaches are problematic in at least two important ways: 1) they give excessively idealist and rather unconstrained accounts of states as normative actors and 2) have rejected causal analysis of normative issues in IR thus rending their explanations incapable of explaining change in international normative state action. The paper examines the existing accounts in detail in the light of the explanations they give for why state actors chose unexpected normative strategies at the end of the Cold War and during the war on terror. To address the shortcomings in existing analysis, a new research programme on normative state agency in IR is put forward in conclusion.

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For International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2006 San Diego CA 22-25 March 2006. Why do states choose certain normative strategies over others in world politics?1 Interrogating theories of normative state agency in International Relations. Marjo Koivisto Department of International Relations London School of Economics Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE UK M.A.Koivisto@lse.ac.uk Draft paper – please do not cite without the author’s permission. Introduction Since the end of the Cold War International Relations (IR) theorists have been increasingly interested
24 special issue pp.1-15. Linklater Andrew 1997. ‘The Transformation of Political Community: E.H. Carr Critical Theory and International Relations’ Review of International Studies Vol. 23 No. 3 pp. 321-338. Cox Michael. 2001 'Introduction.' In E. H. Carr The Twenty Years' Crisis: An 32 Introduction to the Study of International Relations 1919-1939. Cox M. (ed.) London: Palgrave. Wright George and agencies. 2003 ‘Bush lauds Anglo-American 'alliance of values'’ The Guardian Wednesday November 19 2003 http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0 1088686 00.html. Accessed 27/03/05. 33


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