Trust in World Politics: Converting "Identity" into a Source of Security through Trust-Learning
Australian Journal of International Affairs
Taylor & Francis
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Bilgic, A. (2014). Trust in world politics: converting ‘identity’into a source of security through trust-learning. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 68(1), 36-51.
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In the discipline of international relations, the concept of trust has been theorised in two ways: the 'rationalist' approach and the 'normative' approach. This article aims to show that these approaches do not adequately reflect how trust operates in world politics and that trust provides a new way of understanding the identity-security nexus in international relations. It is argued that as actors learn to trust each other, this trust-learning process has a transformative effect on their definition of self-interests and identities. The elaborated understanding of trust in the security dilemma is operationalised in terms of the immigration security dilemma. © 2013 Australian Institute of International Affairs.