British Foreign Policy

British Foreign Policy : Crises, Conflicts and Future Challenges

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Britain has been a significant voice in global politics in the last two decades and its impact on world events far outweighs its material resources. But how does a small island on the edge of Europe continue to exercise this level of power on an international scale? What kind of actor is Britain internationally? And what future challenges will confront British foreign policymakers in a multi-polar world of emerging powers? In this comprehensive introduction to British foreign policy today Jamie Gaskarth addresses these and other key questions. Against a rich historical backdrop, he examines the main actors and processes involved in British foreign policy-making as well as the role played by identity in shaping such choices. Later chapters focus on the relationship between economics and foreign policy, what it means to be ethical in this policy sphere, and the justification for and benefits of the UK's continued use of force to achieve its foreign policy goals. Combining interview research, theoretical insight and analysis of contemporary and historical trends, this book charts how British foreign policy has come to be understood and practised in the 21st Century. It will be an invaluable guide for students of British politics, foreign policy, international relations and related courses.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 288 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745678637
  • 9780745678634

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"Jamie Gaskarth has written an extremely lucid, challenging and well informed study of the making and execution of British foreign policy. The study combines fascinating interview material with in-depth coverage of the existing academic literature and as such should be essential reading for all students, scholars and practitioners of British foreign policy today."Oliver Daddow, University of Leicester"Gaskarth sets out to offer a holistic view of British foreign policy and achieves just that. With detailed and wide-ranging chapters that are informed by original source material, this book will become a key text in the teaching and research of the subject."Jason Ralph, Leeds University"The study of British foreign policy needed this book. Theoretically sophisticated, yet not overcomplicated. Empirically up to date, but with a good grasp of historical circumstance. Ethical choices and dilemmas at the forefront, without taking flight from the limits of the possible. Deserves to be regarded as one of the very best books in this area. Readers at all levels will appreciate the clarity and depth Gaskarth brings to his craft."Tim Dunne, University of Queensland -An excellent introduction to the study of British foreign policy, laced with wit and illustrated throughout by well-chosen analytic case studies.-LSE Review of Books-Jamie Gaskarth has written an extremely lucid, challenging and well informed study of the making and execution of British foreign policy. The study combines fascinating interview material with in-depth coverage of the existing academic literature and as such should be essential reading for all students, scholars and practitioners of British foreign policy today.-Oliver Daddow, University of Leicester-Gaskarth sets out to offer a holistic view of British foreign policy and achieves just that. With detailed and wide-ranging chapters that are informed by original source material, this book will become a key text in the teaching and research of the subject.-Jason Ralph, Leeds University-The study of British foreign policy needed this book. Theoretically sophisticated, yet not overcomplicated. Empirically up to date, but with a good grasp of historical circumstance. Ethical choices and dilemmas at the forefront, without taking flight from the limits of the possible. Deserves to be regarded as one of the very best books in this area. Readers at all levels will appreciate the clarity and depth Gaskarth brings to his craft.-Tim Dunne, University of Queensland -A broad and ambitious endeavour, theoretically solid and empirically rich, Gaskarth's work certainly merits to be included in any reading list on British politics in general, not just foreign policy.- ERIS ? European Review of International Studies "An excellent introduction to the study of British foreign policy, laced with wit and illustrated throughout by well-chosen analytic case studies."LSE Review of Books"Jamie Gaskarth has written an extremely lucid, challenging and well informed study of the making and execution of British foreign policy. The study combines fascinating interview material with in-depth coverage of the existing academic literature and as such should be essential reading for all students, scholars and practitioners of British foreign policy today."Oliver Daddow, University of Leicester"Gaskarth sets out to offer a holistic view of British foreign policy and achieves just that. With detailed and wide-ranging chapters that are informed by original source material, this book will become a key text in the teaching and research of the subject."Jason Ralph, Leeds University"The study of British foreign policy needed this book. Theoretically sophisticated, yet not overcomplicated. Empirically up to date, but with a good grasp of historical circumstance. Ethical choices and dilemmas at the forefront, without taking flight from the limits of the possible. Deserves to be regarded as one of the very best books in this area. Readers at all levels will appreciate the clarity and depth Gaskarth brings to his craft."Tim Dunne, University of Queensland "A broad and ambitious endeavour, theoretically solid and empirically rich, Gaskarth's work certainly merits to be included in any reading list on British politics in general, not just foreign policy." ERIS ? European Review of International Studiesshow more

About Jamie Gaskarth

Jamie Gaskarth is deputy director of the Plymouth School of Government.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgementsGlossary1. Introduction2. The Actors in British foreign policy3. How is British foreign policy made?.4. Self-identity and British Foreign Policy5. Britain in the world6. Ethics and British foreign policy7. Defence and British foreign policy8. Economics and British foreign policyConclusion: The future of British foreign policyNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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