Up until now this book has been largely concerned with what could be called the structural factors of international relations: the state system, power, economics and war, and where we have considered agents as opposed to structure, it has been the agency of institutions such as the state. This, as discussed in Chapter 4, is in line with the progression of International Relations as an academic discipline. Both neorealism and neoliberal institutionalism see the international system level as the most productive level of analysis — the only one that can generate succinct and useful insights into the most important issues that we study. Constructivists have shown a little more concern with ‘agency’ as opposed to ‘structure’, but still focus predominantly on the state as the most significant actor. This chapter, in common to some extent with the last, will look inside and across states at the individuals who populate them.
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