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This article presents and critically assesses four methods that can be used to determine who and/or what counts as a part of any international practice: the agreement method, which locates a practice by referring to speech acts that define it; the contextual method, which locates a practice by referring to the actions, meanings and intentions of practitioners; the value method, which locates a practice by identifying a value or principle that the practice reflects or instantiates; and the purpose method, which locates a practice by constructing an account of the socio-political reason(s) for a practice's existence. The purpose method, based on Rawls' constructivism, is developed and applied, in order to challenge statecentrism about the purpose of human rights practice.
|Glasgow Author(s):||Karp, Dr David Jason|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JZ International relations|
|College/School:||College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics|
|Journal Name:||Review of International Studies|
|Published Online:||11 December 2012|