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1st Edition

Rethinking Foreign Policy

ISBN 9781138830387
Published September 11, 2014 by Routledge
240 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited volume is a tribute to, and a debate with, the scholarship of Walter Carlsnaes and his contribution to the study of foreign policy in both its conceptualization and application.

This book probes the theoretical boundaries of Foreign policy analysis, and questions orthodox understandings of the field. It examines the Agency-Structure debate, the question of how human decision-making affects the norms and institutions of international interactions (and vice versa), and analyses how the study of Foreign Policy can be applied to the European Union as a supranational entity devoid of traditional statehood. Contributors offer an in-depth discussion on the intricacies of studying foreign policy, and provide new perspectives on the standing of the EU as a foreign policy entity.

Rethinking Foreign Policy will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Foreign Policy, Global Governance, EU studies, and the work of Walter Carlsnaes.

Table of Contents

General preface Fredrik Bynander & Stefano Guzzini  Part I. Walter Carlsnaes…  1. In the Beginning was Conceptualisation Stefano Guzzini  2. IR goes world wide A.J.R. Groom  Part II. The agency-structure problem…  3. Agency, Structure, International Relations and Foreign Policy Colin Wight  4. Agency, Structures and Time: From Atemporal Ontologies to Explicit Geo-Historical Hypotheses – and Anticipation of Global Democracy Heikki Patomäki  5. Theories, Truisms and Tools in International Relations Kjell Goldmann  6. The Ritual-Performance Problem in Foreign Policy-Analysis: European Diplomats at the Chinese Court Erik Ringmar  7. Agency and Structure in EU Foreign Policy Practices Magnus Ekengren  8. Agents, Structures and International Regime Significance Charles Parker  Part III. … and the study of foreign policy  9. Does Europe have foreign policy traditions? Knud-Erik Jørgensen  10. A Foreign Policy without a State? Notes to the Research Agenda on the EU’s "Normative" or "Ethical Power" Helene Sjursen  11. EU Foreign Policy: Low Politics, High Impact Janne Haaland Matlary  12. The EU Foreign and Security Policy – High Expectations, Low Capabilities? Pernille Rieker  13. The Use and Abuse of Intelligence and the Iraq War Frederik Bynander  14. Foreign Policy Analysis and the Governance Turn Thomas Risse  15. Apostleship: A South African National Role Conception Deon Geldenhuys  Part IV. A Selected Bibilography of Walter Carlsnaes

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Fredrik Bynander is Associate Professor at the Swedish National Defence College in Stockholm, Sweden, and was, until recently, Head of Unit at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Stefano Guzzini is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Professor of Government at Uppsala University, Sweden.