State-Making Lessons for International Relations Research

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Many of the central concerns of international relations - war, diplomatic relations, international trade and investment, and alliance politics - are also central to the state-making processes that are essential for the survival of states. The overlap between international relations and state making is profound but largely unrecognized. I present a framework emphasizing connections across these currently disparate areas of scholarship, thereby providing a more comprehensive basis for IR research. The framework I advance emphasizes the pursuit of capacity and legitimacy throughout a state's existence, suggests new research topics, and raises new concerns about research design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPerspectives on Politics
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Political Science and International Relations


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