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2021 Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Politics and Gender

Domestic Role Contestation and Role Selection in Israel

Comparative Politics
Foreign Policy
Klaus Brummer
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Klaus Brummer
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

One of the shortcomings of foreign policy role theory is its tendency to black-box the state. Role theorists often assume a national role conception, without paying too much attention to the domestic political processes regarding how a role is selected to represent the state out of a number of potential competing roles. We develop a model of role contestation and role selection that draws on existing knowledge of foreign policy creation resulting from competition between governing elites and opposition, multi-party coalitions, cabinet dynamics, and bureaucratic politics. We incorporate expectations from role theory to explain how conflict over role selection may be resolved. The model is examined in light of the domestic contestation and eventual role selection processes in Israel after World War II.
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