On its face, The Art of World-Making focuses on honouring the career of Nicholas Greenwood Onuf and his contributions to the study of international relations; of equal importance, however, while using Onuf’s work as their touchstone, the contributions to this volume range widely across IR theory, making important interventions in some of the most important topics in the field today.
The volume considers the place of Constructivism and Republicanism in the field of international relations, and the contestation that accompanies the question of their place in the field, asking:
• What explains the dominance of some forms of Constructivism and the relative lack of influence of other forms?
• What can rule-oriented Constructivism, the focus here, provide our field that other forms of Constructivism have been unable to?
• Into what new and productive directions can Constructivism be taken?
• What are its gaps and what are the resources to remedy those gaps?
• What can Republicanism tell us about ongoing issues in international law, global governance, liberalism, and crisis?
Drawing together essays from some of the leading scholars in the field, space is given after each chapter for a detailed and highly personal response piece to each contribution, written by Onuf. This unique volume will be essential reading for students and scholars of international relations.