Martin Senn

Martin Senn
University of Innsbruck | UIBK · Department of Political Sciences

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April 2016 - April 2016
University of Innsbruck
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Publications (37)
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The international order for the control of nuclear energy has become more and more complex in the seven decades of its existence. It now consists of a multitude of parts that influence each other and thus the order as a whole. At the same time, it interacts with other orders in many ways. Although scholarship on the nuclear order has burgeoned in r...
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Political scientists in many parts of the world have resumed the debate about the discipline’s societal relevance in view of manifold political and social challenges. Unlike their international peers, political scientists in Austria have so far not undertaken a thorough reflection of the relevance that their work has beyond academia. Our special is...
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This article introduces the special issue’s question of whether and how the current transformation of targeted killing is transforming the global international order and provides the conceptual ground for the individual contributions to the special issue. It develops a two-dimensional concept of political order and introduces a theoretical framewor...
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Zusammenfassung Der Artikel diskutiert Strategien im Umgang mit Nordkoreas Nuklearwaffenprogramm. Das zentrale Argument lautet, dass schrittweises engagement, das positive Anreize an die Umsetzung mehrerer Phasen von Rüstungskontrolle bindet, die aussichtsreichste Strategie hinsichtlich einer Verhaltensänderung Nordkoreas darstellt. Strategien der...
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Der vorliegende Beitrag beschäftigt sich mit der Frage, wie sich Nuklearwaffen ethisch bewerten lassen. Er bietet hierbei eine Skizze der vier ethischen Argumentationslinie, die sich in der Debatte über nukleare (Ab)Rüstung identifizieren lassen und konzentriert sich schließlich auf jene Linie, die von der Lehre des Gerechten Krieg ausgeht und in d...
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How do actors come to contest previously uncontested background ideas? This is a difficult question to ask. On the one hand, deep backgrounds seem to be too foundational for actors to transform. Their political efficacy appears to end where ideas constitute their efficacy in the first place. On the other hand, ideas must not be reified. Even deeply...
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Develops a rhetorical field theory that conceptualises the relationship between background ideas and foreground communication Distinguishes between two layers of background ideas ( nomos and topoi) that underpin communicative encounters in a field Conceptualises communicative opportunities and moves through which actors change the nomos of a field...
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Distinguishes five contending International Relations perspectives on background ideas Calls for more cross-fertilisation across perspectives to deal with conceptual challenges pertaining to backgrounds, agency, as well as change and persistence Summarises contributions to forum The actors we study do not reflect upon their background ideas. They s...
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Scholars advocating a sociological view of securitization have criticised the Copenhagen School for its overemphasis on the grammar of security and its neglect of the social situatedness of securitization. Accordingly, these critics have also pointed to the relevance of rhetorical strategy, that is, how agents tailor their securitizing moves to spe...
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Building on Bourdieu’s social theory, this article shows how powerful agents are able to challenge deeply engrained assumptions about the value of nuclear weapons. To illustrate the value of a Bourdieu-inspired analysis in the field of nuclear weapons, we apply his thinking tools of field, symbolic capital and doxa to the recent plea for nuclear di...
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In the recent past, the literature on the demand-side of nuclear proliferation has extended its theoretical focus to domestic and ideational variables. While these approaches have enhanced our understanding of the demand-side, they still neglect the central aspect of individual and social learning about nuclear weapons. In this article I argue that...
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Das Forschungsfeld zur Motivationsseite oder demand-side nuklearer Proliferation wurde in der jüngeren Vergangenheit um theoretische Ansätze erweitert, deren Fokus auf innerstaatlichen und ideellen Variab-len liegt. Zwar haben diese Ansätze unser Wissen über die demand-side erheblich erweitert, jedoch wird der zentrale Bereich des individuellen und...
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Since the late 1980s, the rogue state concept has emerged as a central motive of U.S. security policy and has been under intense debate by policy-makers and academics. The book breaks new ground in this discussion by approaching the rogue state concept from a moderate constructivist perspective. In addition to analyzing how U.S. decision-makers hav...
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In the eyes of us foreign-policy decision-makers the Islamic Republic of Iran is still, somewhat anachronistically, a rogue state, largely, if not entirely, due to a lack of- or defective - knowledge concerning the hostile regime in Teheran. The rogue state bogeyman came into being in the course of the 1980s, and since the 1990s has played an impor...
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The ballistic missile defense (BMD) project is intended to protect the territory of the United States, as well as US overseas facilities and allies against future threats emerging from so-called rogue regimes. The European components of this BMD system, which will probably be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic, are conceptualized against the...

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