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Selfhood, Historical Consciousness, And The State In Interntational Relations Theory, Edinson Oquendo Jan 2017

Selfhood, Historical Consciousness, And The State In Interntational Relations Theory, Edinson Oquendo

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This work seeks to examine the role of the state in international relations. While international relations treat states as institutions endowed with agency, they lack any means of explaining how the state can gain agency, autonomy, and rationality.

My dissertation seeks to reorient the theoretical assumptions of international relations in two ways. I develop a theory of the of the state that seeks to explain the mechanisms by which individuals are able to form collective social institutions and to endow them with authority and agency. I examine the relationship of the individuals to collective bodies such as states that can ...