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Examining The Explanatory Potential Of Poliheuristic Theory In The Foreign Policy Decision-Making Of Small States: The Case Of Sweden’s Participation In Operation Unified Protector
Swedish National Defence College.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper seeks to conduct a first test of the explanatory potential of the poliheuristic theory of foreign policy decision-making in the context of small states. The case studied is the Swedish decision to contribute to the UN-sanctioned and NATO-led Operation Unified Protector in 2011. The paper conducts a theory-testing Causal Process Tracing (CPT) study drawing on a variety of different sources including news articles, parliamentary records, government bills, official statements and remarks made by key individuals, and secondary sources. The result of the analysis demonstrate the potential validity of the poliheuristic understanding of the decision- making process operating in a small state, but fall short of demonstrating actual validity. The final results are thus more akin to results typically found in a plausibility probe case study, and future research is deemed merited based on the potential validity found. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
Foreign Policy Analysis, Poliheuristic Theory, Causal Process Tracing, Operation Unified Protector, Swedish Foreign Policy
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5837OAI: diva2:897058
Subject / course
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot krishantering och internationell samverkan
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2016-01-25 Created: 2016-01-24 Last updated: 2016-01-25Bibliographically approved

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