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Findings, Conclusions, Implications

Ulrich Krotz

in Flying Tiger

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199759934
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897193 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759934.003.0007
Findings, Conclusions, Implications

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This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some concluding thoughts. Frequently highly charged with meaning and value, the historical and political processes of Franco-German security relations investigated in the preceding chapters helped bring about an extremely expensive piece of material reality in policy areas in which we should expect it the least. However, these processes were also prominently driven by rather dissimilar, historically-shaped French and German domestic constructions and their respective impacts on the two states' interests and policies. The book's institutionalist-constructivist model sheds much light on the processes and outcomes of French and German national interest formation and policy formulation in the historical investigations of Chapters 3–6. However, the model does not explain equally well the outcomes in all of the twelve case studies that these chapters present, and it fails altogether to explain the outcome in one of these cases.

Keywords: Franco-German relations; France; Germany; institutionalist-constructivist model; national interests

Chapter.  13885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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