The Important Features Of International Relations By Alexander Wendt

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Alexander Wendt belongs to the school of “Social Constructivists” who claim that the important features of International Relations (IR) are constructed , either social or historically. Identities and interests of international actors are given required space by constructivists. Wendt talks about two approved and accepted fundamental aspects of Constructivism "that the structures of human association are determined primarily by shared ideas rather than material forces, and that the identities and interests of purposive actors are constructed by these shared ideas rather than given by nature1
Wendt commences the article with a remark that when theorists in International Relations (IR) say, states are ‘actors’ or ‘persons’ they imply that some
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(Inside - role of structures and processes within the body of a human body ; outside – role of social recognition in making persons )

A person would be granted rights and other such privileges in a society, if he or she is treated to a be a section or part of the society and if that individual is considered to be a share of the society then he or she is also faced with all its material consequences. Being either real or fictional makes a huge difference to a person’s life chances. And so is the case with the states, the states that would have a pre-requisite of being part the international system.

Wendt moves on to affirm three types of “persons” rather three types of states. They are the psychological persons, legal persons and moral persons. He attributes mental or cognitive nature to psychological persons , rights and obligations in a community of to legal persons whereas the moral persons are accountable for actions under a moral code. Law and morality being social conventions, it seems clear that legal and moral persons are constituted entirely by social

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