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Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and International Relations
The case of Italy

ISBN 9780415835121
Published September 10, 2013 by Routledge
216 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a re-examination of foreign policy, in its relation with domestic politics and international relations (IR).

Bringing together a vast body of literature from IR, foreign policy analysis, comparative politics and public policy, this book systematically reconceptualises foreign policy as a dialectic, produced by the interplay of context, strategy and discourse. It argues that foreign policy defies easy understandings and necessitates a complex framework of analysis, introducing the ‘Strategic-Relational Model’, as conceptualised in critical realism, for the first time to the field of foreign policy analysis. Combining a comprehensive investigation of the last century of Italian foreign policy with an exploration of a key theoretical issue within the field of foreign policy analysis and IR, this book analyses key episodes within Italian foreign policy, including Italy’s Cold War alliance politics, colonial interventions, fascist foreign policy and Italy’s participation in the wars of Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the long-term historical trajectory of Italian foreign policy, from the Liberal age to the ‘Second Republic’, including all four governments of Silvio Berlusconi.

Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and International Relations will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis and Italian politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and International Relations: A Strategic-Relational Analysis  2. Italian Foreign policy: The Liberal Age  3. Italian Foreign Policy: The Fascist ‘Ventennio’  4. Italian Foreign Policy: The ‘First Republic’  5. Italian Foreign Policy: The ‘Second Republic’  Conclusions

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Elisabetta Brighi is a Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK.