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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Foreign Policy Analysis
Foreign policy analysis
Jonathan Paquin
Introduction

Foreign policy analysis (FPA) has evolved significantly since its inception as a field of research. It builds on a multidisciplinary literature dating back to the mid 20th century. While it is beyond the scope of this chapter to summarize this entire literature, the objective here is to provide a comprehensive overview of the field by focusing on its historical development, core theories, major advances, and new perspectives. To this end, the chapter is structured around two debates that have shaped the field: (1) between agent-centred theories of foreign policy and structure-centred models of international relations (IR), and (2) between rational choice and cognitive models of foreign policy. Through these debates, it is possible ...

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