The National Interest in Question: Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies

Paperback | June 28, 2015

byChristopher Hill

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For three decades multiculturalism has been the focus of fierce debates. At the same time Europeans have worried, at the national level and at that of the European Union, about how to relate to a world in which their influence has been steadily reducing. But the two discussions, on society andon foreign policy, have rarely intersected. The events of 11 September 2001 did shock the citizens of Western countries into an awareness that international politics could literally explode onto their home streets, and generated fear and suspicion about and among minority groups. But the excessivefocus on terrorism and on Islam which followed hardly did justice to the deeper processes of transnationally induced change which were at work. This book attempts to go beyond the emotive political debate to show how foreign policy and domestic society have been becoming more entangled with each other for some time. It focuses on the more established Member States of the European Union and the varying paths which they have taken in copingwith the new domestic environment fostered by increased migration, ethnocultural diversity, and transnational relations. It investigates the contrasting approaches taken by the European states to what is loosely called "multiculturalism", and analyses their impact on the interplay between foreignpolicy and domestic society, something which is now a structural feature of political life. It concludes with the argument that since domestic society is now taking on some of the diversity associated with international relations, governments can no longer assume a national consensus in theirrelations with the outside world, let alone the steady homogenisation of world society.

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For three decades multiculturalism has been the focus of fierce debates. At the same time Europeans have worried, at the national level and at that of the European Union, about how to relate to a world in which their influence has been steadily reducing. But the two discussions, on society andon foreign policy, have rarely intersected....

Christopher Hill is the Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he has taught since 2004. Before that he served for 30 years in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Sci...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:June 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Social Context of Foreign Policy2. Multiculturalist Societies and Foreign Policy3. The Integrationist Model4. Parallel Societies5. Identity-Friends, Enemies, and Roles in the World6. Loyalty, Security, and Democracy7. Interventions, Blowbacks, and the Law of Unforeseen Consequences8. The European Dimension9. The State, Multiculturality and Foreign PolicyAppendix

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"In [this] recent and extremely significant study, Prof. Cristopher [sic] Hill of Cambridge University remarks upon the predicament with which Europe as a whole is faced in its choices." --Andreas Andrianopoulos, Kathimerini