Permutations and Combinations in Theorizing Global Politics : Whither Realist Constructivism? / Sjoberg, Laura.

The Social Construction of State Power: Applying Realist Constructivism. ed. / J. Samuel Barkin. Bristol : Bristol University Press, 2020. p. 193-216.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Permutations and Combinations in Theorizing Global Politics : Whither Realist Constructivism? / Sjoberg, Laura.

The Social Construction of State Power: Applying Realist Constructivism. ed. / J. Samuel Barkin. Bristol : Bristol University Press, 2020. p. 193-216.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Harvard

Sjoberg, L 2020, Permutations and Combinations in Theorizing Global Politics: Whither Realist Constructivism? in JS Barkin (ed.), The Social Construction of State Power: Applying Realist Constructivism. Bristol University Press, Bristol , pp. 193-216.

APA

Sjoberg, L. (2020). Permutations and Combinations in Theorizing Global Politics: Whither Realist Constructivism? In J. S. Barkin (Ed.), The Social Construction of State Power: Applying Realist Constructivism (pp. 193-216). Bristol University Press.

Vancouver

Sjoberg L. Permutations and Combinations in Theorizing Global Politics: Whither Realist Constructivism? In Barkin JS, editor, The Social Construction of State Power: Applying Realist Constructivism. Bristol : Bristol University Press. 2020. p. 193-216

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Sjoberg, Laura. / Permutations and Combinations in Theorizing Global Politics : Whither Realist Constructivism?. The Social Construction of State Power: Applying Realist Constructivism. editor / J. Samuel Barkin. Bristol : Bristol University Press, 2020. pp. 193-216

BibTeX

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