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State-Making Lessons For International Relations Research

  • Douglas Lemke

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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.

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For their helpful feedback while developing this article, the author thanks Jeff Carter, Bridget Coggins, Adrian Florea, Daniel Ponder, the students in his fall 2016 graduate seminar on state making, and Jon Pevehouse and reviewers at International Organization. He is especially grateful to the editor and reviewers at Perspectives on Politics.

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