Checkel, Jeffrey T., “Methods in Constructivist Approaches to International Security,” Simons Papers in Security and Development, No. 55/2017, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, January, 2017.
Constructivists employ a characteristic set of mainly qualitative methods in their work on international security. Over time, they have come – theoretically – to focus centrally on process; this has put a premium on methods that can capture and measure it. In early constructivist work, methods were not a high priority – but this has changed for the better. Unfortunately for these scholars, the social science world around them has not stood still. A revolution in qualitative methods means that constructivists students of international security will – methodologically – need in the future ‘to run harder simply to stay in place.’
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