Policy actors and structures: the executive drama

Ben Tonra

in Global Citizen and European Republic

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780719056079
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701614 | DOI:
Policy actors and structures: the executive drama

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This chapter outlines the central political and bureaucratic framework from which Irish foreign policy is constructed to analyses the significance of its evolution. It examines how the foreign policy process has evolved within an executive context, discusses the rise of the Department of Foreign Affairs as a key actor, and outlines the constitutional framework for foreign policy. This chapter highlights the limited role of the cabinet in foreign policy-making and considers the perspectives of executive actors in Ireland's foreign policy drama in the context of the proposed four identity narratives.

Keywords: Irish foreign policy; bureaucratic framework; Department of Foreign Affairs; constitutional framework; cabinet; executive actors; identity narratives

Chapter.  8918 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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