social constructivism

1. The “social construction of reality” is a key to understanding constructivism. What does it mean?

  1. What are the differences between neorealism, neoliberalism, and social constructivism in looking at international relations?
  1. The text notes that “constructivism is a social theory and not a substantive theory of international relations.” What does this mean?
  1. How are meanings fixed in world politics?
  1. Constructivism is said to be “one of the leading schools in IR.” (Text, p. 145) What characteristics of constructivism would, you think, give it this prominence?