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Role Theory and International Relations


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Advisory Board: Marijke Breuning (University of North Texas), Sebastian Harnisch (University of Heidelberg), Valerie Hudson (Texas A & M University), Paul Kowert (Florida International University), Stephen G. Walker (Arizona State University).

The Role Theory and International Relations Series aspires to attract and publish the latest and best research integrating knowledge in the field of International Relations with role theory. This aspiration cuts across a wide swath of subfields, including foreign policy analysis, peace and security studies, international political economy, diplomatic studies, and international organization. While each of these subfields of study is presently organized as an "island of theory," this series intends to integrate their signature phenomena within a system of knowledge, a "theory complex" or an alliance among different subfields. This series showcases the ability of role theory to generate useful theoretical insights on its own or in combination with existing theories across these traditional subfields. Role theory’s conceptual repertoire, plus its ability to span multiple levels of analyses and the major meta-theoretical divides in the discipline position it to be an important integrative force in the study of International Relations.

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Role Theory and Russian Foreign Policy Rolling Changes in National Role Conceptions

Role Theory and Russian Foreign Policy: Rolling Changes in National Role Conceptions

1st Edition

By Damian Strycharz
January 29, 2024

Despite the increased interest in Russia and its international behaviour, current analyses leave much unexplained. Damian Strycharz fills this gap in the literature by analysing leaders’ perceptions and the interactions between internal and external factors shaping foreign policy decisions. ...

Role Theory and Mexico's Foreign Policy Making Sense of Mexico’s Place in World Politics

Role Theory and Mexico's Foreign Policy: Making Sense of Mexico’s Place in World Politics

1st Edition

By Omar A. Loera-González
October 06, 2023

Role Theory and Mexico’s Foreign Policy examines why Mexico has an unusual foreign policy for a middle-power country. Using a series of case studies to show how role conflict has operated in Mexico’s foreign policy, Omar Loera-González studies three specific settings where Mexico could have ...

National Role Conceptions in a New Millennium Defining a Place in a Changing World

National Role Conceptions in a New Millennium: Defining a Place in a Changing World

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Grossman, Francis Schortgen, Gordon M. Friedrichs
September 25, 2023

National Role Conceptions in a New Millennium examines the transformation of the international system through an examination of the role conceptions adopted by the different global actors. Advancing current role theory scholarship in International Relations, the contributors take as their starting ...

Role Compatibility as Socialization The Case of Pakistan

Role Compatibility as Socialization: The Case of Pakistan

1st Edition

By Dorothée Vandamme
September 25, 2023

In Role Compatibility as Socialization, Dorothée Vandamme examines Pakistan’s socialization process in terms of role compatibility in the 2008-2018 period. Adopting an Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) method of analysis, Vandamme builds on role theory to develop a theory of ...

Brazil's International Activism Roles of an Emerging Middle Power

Brazil's International Activism: Roles of an Emerging Middle Power

1st Edition

By Monika Sawicka
June 30, 2023

In Brazil’s International Activism Monika Sawicka questions how Brazil’s deep-rooted craving for greatness has led to the quest for status in the twenty-first century and contends that the categorization of Brazil as an “emerging middle power” enriches the understanding of modern Brazilian foreign ...

Role Theory, Environmental Politics, and Learning in International Relations The Case of the Arctic Region

Role Theory, Environmental Politics, and Learning in International Relations: The Case of the Arctic Region

1st Edition

By Sandra Engstrand
May 31, 2023

In this book, Sandra Engstrand uses role theory to study learning processes in environmental policy negotiations in the Arctic Council. Owing to rapid ice-melting in the Arctic region, and more accessible commercial opportunities, there is a greater need for environmental protection. However, large...

Disaggregating Diasporas as a Force in Role Contestation Mobilising the Marginalised in Foreign Affairs

Disaggregating Diasporas as a Force in Role Contestation: Mobilising the Marginalised in Foreign Affairs

1st Edition

By Matthew K. Godwin
September 15, 2022

Using a Role Theory lens, this book investigates Tamil diaspora mass movements and interest groups as marginalised forces of domestic foreign policy influence. Until now Role Theory has not considered diaspora mass movements as collective action actors, nor looked at how marginalised diasporas ...

U.S. Global Leadership Role and Domestic Polarization A Role Theory Approach

U.S. Global Leadership Role and Domestic Polarization: A Role Theory Approach

1st Edition

By Gordon M. Friedrichs
April 29, 2022

In this book Gordon Friedrichs offers a pioneering insight into the implications of domestic polarization for U.S. foreign policymaking and the exercise of America’s international leadership role. Through a mixed-method design and a rich dataset consisting of polarization data, congressional ...

A Theory of Master Role Transition Small Powers Shaping Regional Hegemons

A Theory of Master Role Transition: Small Powers Shaping Regional Hegemons

1st Edition

By Feliciano de Sá Guimarães
February 01, 2022

In this book, Feliciano de Sá Guimarães offers an original application of Role Theory. He proposes a theory of master role transitions to explain how small powers can change regional powers’ master roles without changing the regional material power distribution.Master role transition is the ...

Role Theory in the Middle East and North Africa Politics, Economics and Identity

Role Theory in the Middle East and North Africa: Politics, Economics and Identity

1st Edition

By Yasemin Akbaba, Özgür Özdamar
June 03, 2019

Since December 2010, a series of uprisings, revolutions, coups and civil wars have shaken up the Middle East and North Africa region. In this chaotic political environment, several countries have been trying to influence this regional transformation. The implications of this transformation are of ...

South Korean Identity and Global Foreign Policy Dream of Autonomy

South Korean Identity and Global Foreign Policy: Dream of Autonomy

1st Edition

By Patrick Flamm
May 16, 2019

In the 20th century, South Korea was usually seen as a "shrimp amongst whales", a minor player with limited agency in regional and global affairs. Korea’s risen status as a "middle power" today, however, begs the question about related changes in the South Korean identity or "sense of self" in the ...

China’s International Roles Challenging or Supporting International Order?

China’s International Roles: Challenging or Supporting International Order?

1st Edition

Edited By Sebastian Harnisch, Sebastian Bersick, Jörn-Carsten Gottwald
April 13, 2017

This collection examines changes in China’s international role over the past century. Tracing the links between domestic and external expectations in the PRC’s role conception and preferred engagement patterns in world politics, the work provides a systematic account of changes in China’s role and ...

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