ABSTRACT

What a success story! Hardly known a decade ago, constructivism has risen as the offi cially accredited contender to the established core of the discipline (Katzenstein, Keohane and Krasner 1998). ‘The social construction of . . .’ is littering the title pages of our books, articles and student assignments as did ‘the political economy of . . .’ in the 1980s.