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Before moving on to the issue of state identity, however, let us review further the three tenets of the value-action framework. 1) leads us to focus our research subjects specifically in the context of international systemic level. The function associated with this dimension is as follows: in the structural dimension, attributes of international structure—structural factors—exert specific constraints on states in a way to determine a state’s general orientation as to how to behave toward the outside world.

22 At the same time, it is also generally agreed that identity does not directly shape or determine each foreign 32 Japan, the US, Regional Institution-Building policy action. Instead of seeking a direct causality between identity and foreign policy actions, many of these works turn to the concept of “interests,” resting their argumentation, explicitly or implicitly, on the identity-interest nexus. ”23 Others concur with this view by using different variations of verbs, such as “underlie,” “shape,” and “imply,” as a function of identity toward interests.

For instance, Wendt put forth his widely cited proposition that identity “generates motivational and behavioral dispositions” of international actors. 22 At the same time, it is also generally agreed that identity does not directly shape or determine each foreign 32 Japan, the US, Regional Institution-Building policy action. Instead of seeking a direct causality between identity and foreign policy actions, many of these works turn to the concept of “interests,” resting their argumentation, explicitly or implicitly, on the identity-interest nexus.

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