To address some major ‘real world’ issues, it is a practical necessity to integrate analysis of national and international politics. Can analysis of national politics (ideographic or comparative) and international relations be undertaken within a common framework, despite the ‘levels of analysis’ issue cherished by international relations theorists? .A characterization is specified of politics, individual and organizational actors, structures, cultures, power and other political relationships, informed by Berger and Luckmann’s social construction of reality, seeking to facilitate consistent approaches to analysis of national and international politics, encompassing probabilistic trends and historically specific reflexivity. Despite a critical realist orientation, some reflection is offered on avoiding theoretical reification of social entities.
|Keywords:||Comparative Politics, International Relations, Levels of Analysis, Constructivism, Social Construction of Reality|
Program Director & Senior Lecturer, School of International Studies,, Division of Education, Arts & Social Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
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