Global citizen and European republic

Irish foreign policy in transition

By Ben Tonra

Global citizen and European republic


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5608-6
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: May 2012
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, Ireland, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism, Comparative politics, Politics & government, Politics


This book, available in paperback for the first time, offers a new and innovative way of looking at Irish foreign policy, linking its development with changes in Irish national identity. Many debates within contemporary International Relations focus on the relative benefits of taking a traditional interest-based approach to the study of foreign policy as opposed to the more recently developed identity-based approach. Uniquely, this book takes the latter and instead of looking at Irish foreign policy through the lens of individual, geo-strategic or political interest, it is linked to deeper identity changes. As one Minister of Foreign Affairs put it; 'Irish foreign policy is about much more than self-interest. The elaboration of our foreign policy is also a matter of self-definition - simply put, it is for many of us a statement of the kind of people that we are.'

The contributors are drawn from those who have worked alongside Janet Nelson and from some of her former students. They include David Bates, Stephen Baxter, Wendy Davies, Paul Fouracre and David Ganz.


What Tonra does is to set out a number of 'narratives' which attempt to redefine foreign policy in terms of Irish identity..Global Citizen and European Republic is a useful textbook for the many expectant debaters.
Bruce Arnold, Irish Independent


1. The narrative of the Irish nation
2. The narrative of the global citizen
3. The narrative of the European Republic
4. The narrative of the Anglo American state
5. Policy actors and structures: The executive drama
6. Policy actors and structures: The democratic coda
7. European ambitions and obligations
8. Security, defence and neutrality
9. Case study: The war in Iraq 2003
10. Conclusions
11. Bibliography


Ben Tonra is Jean Monnet Professor of European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy at the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin

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