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Epistemic communities, epistemes and the construction of (world) politics

Antoniades, Andreas (2003) Epistemic communities, epistemes and the construction of (world) politics. Global Society, 17 (1). 21 -38. ISSN 1469-798X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/0953732032000053980


The article combines the argument of the social construction of reality with a power/knowledge approach to social reality. In this context it is argued that epistemic communities, by being an integral part of the knowledge/power game, and by having an authoritative claim on knowledge, exercise decisive power in the ‘interaction game’ of the construction of (world) politics. In the first two sections of the article the concepts of reality and epistemic communities are defined. In the third section a two-level model of epistemic communities’ action is developed, aiming at illustrating their role in the construction of world politics. The last section addresses the issue of the relationship between the epistemic and the political.

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Additional Information: © 2003 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2008 15:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:11

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