Actors & Structures in Foreign Policy Analysis. January 23, 2014. Overview. Introduction Historical background The role of actors and structures in ‘ process ’ approaches to foreign policy analysis The role of actors and structures in ‘ policy ’ approaches to foreign policy analysis
January 23, 2014
Foreign policy is impacted by a number of actors and structures, both domestic and international
These actors and structures act in combination all of which makes foreign policy analysis challenging
Scholars have tried to create some kind of analytical framework or approach to make things clearer, but fundamental disagreements remain.
In other words…
The main focus is the action that is the product of the decision (i.e. the policy); distinguishing a foreign policy action from the process that preceded it.
The focus is on policy agreements, not the behaviour of any particular entity.
These approaches vary in the degree to which they see either actors or structures as more important