Foreign policy as public policy?

Promises and pitfalls

Edited by Klaus Brummer, Sebastian Harnisch, Kai Oppermann and Diana Panke

Foreign policy as public policy?


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6386-8
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: June 2022
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Law, Politics, International institutions, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, Politics & government, Social law & Medical law, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Society & social sciences / International relations, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics


This book examines how foreign policy analysis can be enriched by 'domestic realm' public policy approaches, concepts and theories. Starting out from the observation that foreign policy has in many ways become more similar to (and intertwined with) 'domestic' public policies, it bridges the divide that still persists between the two fields. The book includes chapters by leading experts in their fields on arguably the most important public policy approaches, including, for example, multiple streams, advocacy coalition, punctuated equilibrium and veto player approaches. The chapters explore how the approaches can be adapted and transferred to the study of foreign policy and point to the challenges this entails. By establishing a critical dialogue between approaches in public policy and research on foreign policy, the main contribution of the book is to broaden the available theoretical 'toolkit' in foreign policy analysis.


1 Introduction: foreign policy as public policy: exploring promises and pitfalls of public policy approaches for foreign policy analysis - Klaus Brummer, Sebastian Harnisch, Kai Oppermann and Diana Panke
Part I: Actor-centered perspectives
2 The multiple streams approach in foreign policy - Spyros Blavoukos
3 Punctuated equilibrium theory and foreign policy - Jeroen Joly and Friederike Richter
4 Foreign policy applications of the advocacy coalition framework - Jonathan J. Pierce and Katherine C. Hicks
5 Veto player approaches in public policy and foreign policy - Kai Oppermann and Klaus Brummer
Part II: Structural perspectives
6 New institutionalism and foreign policy - Siegfried Schieder
7 The network approach and foreign policy - Christopher Ansell and Jacob Torfing
8 Policy diffusion and transfer meet foreign policy - Katja Biedenkopf and Alexander Mattelaer
9 Policy learning in public policy studies: toward a dialogue with foreign policy analysis - Sebastian Harnisch
10 Conclusion: the promise and pitfalls of studying foreign policy as public policy - Juliet Kaarbo


Klaus Brummer, Chair of International Relations, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany

Sebastian Harnisch, Chair for International Relations and Comparative Foreign and Security Policy Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany

Kai Oppermann, Professor of Politics, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Diana Panke, Professor of Political Science, Chair in 'Multi-Level Governance', University of Freiburg, Germany

Foreign policy as public policy?

Edited by Klaus Brummer, Sebastian Harnisch, Kai Oppermann, Diana Panke

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