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Policy actors and structures: the democratic coda

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719056079.003.0007
Policy actors and structures: the democratic coda

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This chapter reviews the structures, both formal and informal, through which democratic control is exercised over the formulation and conduct of Irish foreign policy. It analyses in detail the parliamentary contribution to Irish foreign policy formulation and considers public engagement in the policy process. This chapter evaluates the strength of democratic currents and their potential to transform the formulation and conduct of foreign policy. It also considers the role of narratives in Irish foreign policy construction and the way in which different narratives may become evident in the assumptions of particular sets of foreign policy actors.

Keywords: democratic control; Irish foreign policy; parliamentary contribution; public engagement; policy process; narratives

Chapter.  10709 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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