Modern empirical social science is unique in denying, dismissing, or discounting the role of justice considerations in human behavior. A relatively small group of International Relations (ir) scholars have attempted to address this lacuna, with limited uptake to date. The articles in this issue collectively seek to move this research program forward. In this essay, I explore various conceptual, epistemological, methodological, and sociology-of-the-field issues that may be responsible for its limited traction thus far and argue that only the last represents a serious obstacle. Whether recent trends and developments in ir indicate that the time may finally be ripe for a robust normal science on the role of justice considerations in international politics remains to be seen, but negotiation theorists are in the best position to move it forward.
ReisHarry T.MastersJohn C.SmithWilliam P.“The Nature of the Justice Motive: Some Thoughts on Operation, Internalization, and Justification,”Social Comparison, Social Justice, and Relative Deprivation: Theoretical, Empirical, and Policy Perspectives1987Hillsdale, NJLawrence Erlbaum Associates131150
WelchDavid A.SteinJanice GrossPaulyLouis W.“The Politics and Psychology of Restraint: Israeli Decision-Making in the Gulf War,”Choosing to Co-Operate: How States Avoid Loss1993bBaltimore, MDJohns Hopkins University Press128169
WelchDavid A.RenshonStanley A.LarsonDeborah W.“Culture and Emotion as Obstacles to Good Judgment: The Case of Argentina’s Invasion of the Falklands/Malvinas,”Good Judgment in Foreign Policy: Theory and Application2003aLanham, MDRowman & Littlefield191215
WendtAlexanderGuzziniStefanoLeanderAnna“Social Theory as Cartesian Science: An Auto-Critique from a Quantum Perspective,”Constructivism and International Relations: Alexander Wendt and His Critics2006LondonRoutledge178216