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Rethinking Foreign Policy

1st Edition

Edited by Fredrik Bynander, Stefano Guzzini


216 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International