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From Maastricht to Brexit by Richard Bellamy and Dario Castiglione

Interpreting Foreign Policies

Workshop Number
Workshop Director
Oliver Daddow
University of Leicester
Workshop Co-Directors
Ian Hall
Australian National University
Mark Bevir
University of California Berkeley

The workshop aims to explore the fruitfulness of an interpretive approach to the study of foreign policies. The interpretive approach concentrates on the beliefs of various policy actors, and, crucially, explains these beliefs and the policies they shape by locating them in historical traditions and as responses to dilemmas. Generally, it seeks thereby to highlight the contingency, diversity, and contestability of the narratives, traditions and expertise that inform political action and practices. The interpretive approach is widespread in the study of governance and domestic policy, but arguably has not yet had much impact on studies of foreign policy. Workshop papers should examine aspects of the foreign policies of major states – major decisions, key policies, or core practices – in terms of the beliefs and traditions that inform them, as well as the dilemmas to which they respond. The papers should focus on the post-Cold War era, but will aim to situate this analysis against a broader historical background. They should examine the ruling political narratives and technical rationalities, drawn from social scientific research, that shape policy. They should highlight the connections between the beliefs of policy actors and their practices, and aim to explain the development of those practices in terms of beliefs, traditions and dilemmas.

Paper List

Title Details
A Discoursive Approach for Foreign Policy Analysis of Turkey in the post 9/11 Process View Paper Details
Foreign Policy Games and Russia's Bilateral Relations with Germany View Paper Details
France, the UK, and Libya: The Discursive Construction of Commonness and a New Approach to European Defense View Paper Details
From Bush’s Confrontation to Obama’s Engagement with the “Muslim World”: The Production and Reproduction of Civilizations in American Foreign Policy Discourses and Practices View Paper Details
Interpreting Change – Meanings of Foreign Policy Issues for Chinese Policy Makers View Paper Details
Interpreting Coalition Foreign Policy View Paper Details
Interpreting Foreign Policy: Traditions and Dilemmas View Paper Details
Managing the ‘Cosmopolitan Genie’: The Merger of Values and Interests in UK Foreign Policy View Paper Details
Narratives, Apologies and Enmity. Theorising Japan’s Contested Memory and its Effects on Foreign Policy View Paper Details
Negative Sanctions in Africa and Southeast Asia: Traces of Colonialism and Marks of Globalisation View Paper Details
Practicing Hegemony? Ideas of Hegemony and Counter Hegemony in the Americas View Paper Details
Problematising the Great Divide: The Domestic-International Connection and the Study of Foreign Policy View Paper Details
Regional Leaders' Discourses and Perceptions: What Effect on Foreign and Security Policies Regionalisation? View Paper Details
Russia as a Euro-Pacific Power and Dilemmas of Russian Foreign Policy Decision Making View Paper Details
Systemic Legitimacy, US and Chinese Foreign Policies and Global Governance View Paper Details
The Balance of Terror Then and Now - Historicising the Logic of Deterrence in Contemporary US Defence Policy View Paper Details
The Role of Britain in German Reunification: The Logics of Theory in Formation of Policy View Paper Details
The Role of Narratives and Narratives as Roles in Role Theory View Paper Details
Who Cares About European Foreign Policy: How to Interpret Turkish Public Attitudes toward EU-Decline in World Politics? View Paper Details
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