Constructivism, Narrative and Foreign Policy Analysis: A Case Study of Finland

Constructivism, Narrative and Foreign Policy Analysis: A Case Study of Finland

by Christopher S. Browning
     
 

Building on constructivist approaches to international relations this book develops a narrative theory of identity, action and foreign policy, which is then applied to account for the evolution of Finnish foreign policy. The book adopts an innovative approach by showing how foreign policy orientations need to be seen as grounded in overlapping and competing sets of

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Building on constructivist approaches to international relations this book develops a narrative theory of identity, action and foreign policy, which is then applied to account for the evolution of Finnish foreign policy. The book adopts an innovative approach by showing how foreign policy orientations need to be seen as grounded in overlapping and competing sets of identity narratives that reappear in different forms through history. By emphasising the dynamism implicit within identity narratives the book not only challenges traditional rationalist materialist approaches to foreign policy analysis, but also the current tendency to depict the story of Finnish foreign policy, identity and history as one of a gradual move towards a Western location. Rather the book emphasises elements of multiplicity and contingency, whilst re-establishing foreign policy as a highly political process concerned with power and the right to define reality and national subjectivity.

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«Browning’s book is a long awaited contribution to the literature on small states and foreign policy analysis. The Finnish case offers an interesting perspective that should not remain just the property of Finnish, Nordic and Baltic experts but should be read by all interested in small states, foreign policy analysis and European affairs in general. Browning skilfully develops a theory on the relationship between national identity and foreign policy that is adaptable to other cases. Small states can also be smart and this book can certainly be described as a smart contribution to international relations.» (Marko Lehti, Tampere Peace Research Institute)
«The book offers more than just a sophisticated, well-researched and country-specific application of a narrative approach to foreign policy. In fact, it offers a model applicable also to a host of other countries and works, more generally, as a critical inroad into foreign policy analysis.» (Pertti Joenniemi, Danish Institute for International Studies)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783039105199
Publisher:
Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date:
07/24/2008
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 5.91(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Christopher S. Browning is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. Previously he has worked at the universities of Keele and Birmingham, the Danish Institute for International Studies and Copenhagen Peace Research Institute. His research focuses on critical approaches to security and the politics of identity. He is co-editor of the forthcoming The Struggle for the West.

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