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Kontinuitet och förändring i svensk utrikespolitik: En textanalys av de utrikespolitiska deklarationerna mellan 1991 och 2010
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With background in the acknowledgement of the current period of major change in the characteristics of traditional Swedish foreign policy, considering the membership in the European Union, as well as the new contextual scenarios that Sweden has been situated in after the end of the cold war, this thesis aims at scrutinizing the Swedish Foreign Policy from 1991 to 2010. The purpose of the thesis is further to localize continuity and change in the ideas which Sweden has explicitly stated in its foreign policy. Based on the theory of institutionalism, the thesis also aims to bring forward plausible explanations built on the main empirical findings. This has been done by identifying different types of goals and means within realism and liberalism as well as categorizing each theory within three ideal types.

The chosen research method has been a qualitative text analysis with focus on an ideational analysis. The material on which the descriptive analysis is based upon is constituted by the annual statements of government policy in parliamentary debates on foreign affairs.

The results of the thesis show that the ideas that are related to solidarity, consensus and active foreign policy are constant through the period of examination. The ideas of neutrality and non-alignment could, based on the conducted analysis, be understood to continue to go through great changes, of which the engagement in the Common Foreign and Security Policy within the European Union is the most obvious example.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 41 p.
Keyword [sv]
Utrikespolitisk analys, realism, liberalism, idéanalys, institutionalism.
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-12011OAI: diva2:420068
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Politics Studies, specialization Political Analysis, 180 credits
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-06-13 Created: 2011-05-30 Last updated: 2011-06-13Bibliographically approved

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