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Foreign Policy and Political Possibility

Holland, J (2011) Foreign Policy and Political Possibility European Journal of International Relations. ISSN 1354-0661

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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between foreign policy and political possibility in two parts. First, the relationship between foreign policy and political possibility is theorized around three analytical moments: political possibility is linked to the framing of conceivable, communicable and coercive foreign policy. Second, this framework is developed and demonstrated through a brief analysis of Coalition foreign policy in the War on Terror, considering American, British and Australian foreign policy between 2001 and 2003. This analysis dissects distinct and divergent Coalition foreign policies through a linked three-part conceptualization of political possibility. It enables an understanding of how the War on Terror was rendered possible through the construction of foreign policy in thinkable, resonant and ultimately dominant terms. The article concludes by looking to the wider analytical applicability of this particular theorization of the relationship between foreign policy and political possibility.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in European Journal of International Relations. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in European Journal of International Relations, August 2011, DOI 10.1177/1354066111413310. SAGE Publications.
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Politics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 14:43
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/27645

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