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

By Andreas Antoniades


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

Topics: H Social Sciences (General), JA Political science (General), JZ International relations
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1080/0953732032000053980
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:6531
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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