Neoclassical realism and leader psychology: a theory of foreign policy

Stephen Benedict Dyson

in The Blair Identity

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780719079993
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702178 | DOI:
Neoclassical realism and leader psychology: a theory of foreign policy

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This chapter elaborates a theoretical approach to the foreign policy of states that bridges levels of analysis, and shows how concerns of power, threat and strategy mandated by the international environment are mediated through and defined by issues of personality, perception and belief at the individual level of analysis. In short: individuals matter in international relations. This general theory of foreign policy is made relevant to our specific concerns through a consideration of the US–UK alliance, and the imperatives that bear upon British prime ministers, who lead a principal junior partner of the global hegemon in a unipolar international system.

Keywords: foreign policy; power; threat; strategy; international relations; United States; US; British prime ministers

Chapter.  5803 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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