I just realized Ruggie wrote another version of his introductory essay in his book (the version I read) which also appeared in International Organization, albeit with different emphasis and analysis.
To my friends who are IR geeks and are interested in Ruggie’s works, please note the following:
1) If you are interested in a summary of how IR evolved with more analysis of neorealism and neoliberal institutionalism, I highly recommend his introductory essay to his book (see post below regarding the 4 main arguments Ruggie provides).
2) If, however, you are interested in reading more about the sociological and philosophical bases for social constructivism (which Ruggie analyzes through briefly addressing some of Weber’s and Durkheim’s ideas), I highly recommend his article in IO. His article in IO I think is just as good as the essay I analyzed in the previous post; however, the emphasis and analysis is somewhat different and it is shorter. His overall arguments regarding the differences between neo-utilitarianism and social constructivism are pretty much the same.
So, I’m pretty much going through the IO article as we speak given that it is an excellent supplement to his book essay….and smacking my palm to my forehead at how I overlooked this glaring and obvious fact.
****Feel free to laugh not with me, but at me since I just laughed at myself for this one. Oh how I am sooo glad I gave myself a year to apply to PhD programs. ******