The Transformation of Foreign Policy: Drawing and Managing Boundaries from Antiquity to the Present

Hardcover | August 20, 2016

EditorGunther Hellmann, Andreas Fahrmeir, Milos Vec

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The study of foreign policy is usually concerned with the interaction of states, and thus with governance structures which emerged either with the so-called "Westphalian system" or in the course of the 18th century: diplomacy and international law. As a result, examining foreign policy inearlier periods involves conceptual and terminological difficulties, which echo current debates on "post-national" foreign policy actors like the European Union or global cities.This volume argues that a novel understanding of what constitutes foreign policy may offer a way out of this problem. It considers foreign policy as the outcome of processes that make some boundaries different from others, and set those that separate communities in an internal space apart from thosethat mark foreignness. The creation of such boundaries, which can be observed at all times, designates specific actors - which can be, but do not have to be, "states" - as capable of engaging in foreign policy. As such boundaries are likely to be contested, they are unlikely to provide either asingle or a simple distinction between "insides" and "outsides". In this view, multiple layers of foreign-policy actors with different characteristics appear less as a modern development and more as a perennial aspect of foreign policy. In a broad perspective stretching from early Greek polities topresent-day global cities, the volume offers a theoretical and empirical presentation of this concept by political scientists, jurists, and historians.

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The study of foreign policy is usually concerned with the interaction of states, and thus with governance structures which emerged either with the so-called "Westphalian system" or in the course of the 18th century: diplomacy and international law. As a result, examining foreign policy inearlier periods involves conceptual and terminol...

Gunther Hellmann is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social Sciences and Principal Investigator in the Centre of Excellence "Formation of Normative Orders", both at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. His research interests are in the fields of foreign policy analysis, especially German and European foreign policy,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:August 20, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Andreas Fahrmeir, Gunther Hellmann and Miloand#154; Vec: IntroductionTheorizing Foreign Policy: Actorhood and Boundaries2. Andreas Fahrmeir, Gunther Hellmann and Miloand#154; Vec: The Transformation of Foreign Policy: Legal Framework,Historiography, and Theory3. Gunther Hellmann: Foreign Policy: Concept, Vocabulary, and Practice4. Miloand#154; Vec: Inside/Outside(s): Conceptualizations, Criteria, and Functions of a Dichotomy in 19th-Century International Legal DoctrineThe Governance of Intercommunal Relations in Antiquity5. Hans Beck: Between Demarcation and Integration: The Context of Foreign Policy in Ancient Greece6. Hartmut Leppin: Aspects of the Christianisation of Foreign Policy in Late Antiquity: The Impact of Religious UniversalismUncertainty and Transition within the "Westphalian System: Normative Patterns and Practices between and beyond Sovereign States7. Andreas Fahrmeir: Fragile Boundaries and Personal Actors: The Nineteenth Century as a Period of Transformation8. Luigi Nuzzo: Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Legal History: International Law, Foreign Policy and the Construction of a Legal Order9. Verena Steller: Back to the Future: Rediscovery of Diplomatic Conduct and the Moment of Foreign Policy Transformation: Diplomacy between Versailles and Locarno, 1919-25Alternative Authorities in Intercommunal Relations and International Law10. Janne E. Nijman: Renaissance of the City as Global Actor: The Role of Foreign Policy and International Law Practices in the Construction of Cities as Global Actors11. Christer Jonsson: States Only?: The Evolution of Diplomacy12. Paul Sharp: Domestic Public Diplomacy, Domestic Diplomacy, and Domestic Foreign PolicyConclusions13. Andreas Fahrmeir, Gunther Hellmann and Miloand#154; Vec: The Multiple and Changing Purposes of Foreign Policy