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The Quest for the National Interest

A Methodological Reflection on Czech Foreign Policy

by Petr Drulák (Volume editor) Mats Braun (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 210 Pages

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Summary

The concept of national interest belongs among the most widely used and abused concepts in the foreign policy debate. This volume illustrates how the term can be used as a meaningful analytical tool. It introduces three criteria (relevance, domestic consensus, and external acceptance) which serve to identify national interest. The authors apply these criteria to Czech foreign policy making and provide some interesting findings concerning a country’s possibilities to define and pursue its national interest. Since the authors use four different methodologies (case studies, discourse analysis, grounded theory, and ethnography), the volume also shows the variety of possible ways to analyse national interests.

Details

Pages
210
ISBN (Softcover)
9783631596630
Language
English
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 210 pp.

Biographical notes

Petr Drulák (Volume editor) Mats Braun (Volume editor)

The Editors: Petr Drulák is director of the Institute of International Relations in Prague (Czech Republic) and associate professor of political science at the Charles University. Mats Braun is a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague and lectures at the Anglo-American University.

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