STRUCTURE AND AGENCY IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: STATE-BUILDING AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SYSTEM

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https://doi.org/10.22456/2238-6912.74960

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International systems, State building, Structure.

Abstract

Conflicts are intrinsic to social systems and constitute an irreducible part of their development. This article analyzes the conflict between states and its effects on the evolutionary dynamics of the international political system. We discuss the ontology of each object of analysis and the causal mechanisms that connect their respective evolving trajectories. Then, the analytical model is evaluated regarding to the processes of formation of the Qin Empire in China and the construction of Nation-States in Europe. The working hypothesis is that the interactions among the strategies chosen by the agents to cope with the structural constrains and competition conditions they encounter cause changes in the international political systems, as well as on the actors themselves.

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Marco Cepik, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and International Relations (DERI), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

Pedro Txai Brancher, Rio de Janeiro State University

PhD candidate in Political Science at the Institute of Political and Social Studies (IESP), Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ).

Published

2017-10-03

How to Cite

Cepik, M., & Brancher, P. T. (2017). STRUCTURE AND AGENCY IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: STATE-BUILDING AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SYSTEM. AUSTRAL: Brazilian Journal of Strategy &Amp; International Relations, 6(11). https://doi.org/10.22456/2238-6912.74960

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