Political Parties and Foreign Policy: a couple of workshops

The debate in comparative politics, international relations, and (even more surprisingly), in Foreign Policy Analysis, has devoted limited attention to the role of political parties in foreign and security policy. A recent wave of studies has tried to address this gap, aiming to “bring political parties in” the debate ). However, systematic analyses on whether party politics makes a difference in foreign and security policies are still lacking.

Thus, it is worth noticing two upcoming workshops that focus on political parties and foreign policy.

The workshop “Party politics of foreign and security policy in Europe” will be held in the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (4-6 October 2017). This workshop, which has been organized by Wolfang Wagner and Tapio Raunio, deals with the issue of party politics in foreign affairs. Drawing together a group of international scholars, the workshop asks: does or should party politics really matter less in foreign affairs than in domestic policy?

Here you’ll find additional details on the seminar. Here the program of the workshop, with paper givers and abstracts.

The “NASP International Workshop on Political Parties and Foreign Policy” will be held in the University of Genoa (16 November 2017). The seminar, which has been organized by our Fabrizio Coticchia, will also celebrates retiring Professor Luciano Bardi.

Here you’ll find all the details on the events.

Venus in Arms will attend both the workshops. See you there.

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‘The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises’

What about Barcelona in September? A very good reason to visit Catalonia is the EISA’s 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations.

Here you’ll find all the info on the conference.

Indeed, this year’s conference takes place in Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017. The title of the conference is: “The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises“.

Here the call of paper, panel and roundtable.

From our perspective we believe that the section on Foreign Policy Analysis is extremely interesting.

Here below the abstract of the section:

The section will discuss original and innovative theory-guided works in the field of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). The hallmarks of FPA are its penchant for actor-specific, middle-range theorising and for interdisciplinary and multidimensional approaches. Theoretical approaches in the field can be differentiated along several dimensions, such as levels of analysis, whether they are structural or agent-orientated, or whether they are constructivist, rationalist or cognitive/psychological. At the same time, FPA has a rich tradition of efforts at theoretical integration, which indeed have been singled out by Valerie Hudson as the ‘true promise’ of FPA. In many ways, however, FPA is still largely an ‘American social science’. In American IR, FPA is a well-established sub-discipline: it is one of the largest sections of the International Studies Association and has its own journal, Foreign Policy Analysis. In European IR, in contrast, FPA tends to be somewhat at the margins. The section, therefore, is meant to strengthen the profile of FPA in European IR and to foster an exchange between scholars in Europe who are engaged in it. In particular, it seeks to explore the contributions which ‘European’ FPA can make to the discipline and possible ways of strengthening the links to ‘American’ FPA. To this purpose, we invite panels that elaborate on different theoretical perspectives in FPA, address the challenge of theoretical integration in the field or apply theories of FPA to specific empirical puzzles. The section espouses a pluralist perspective and welcomes panels of any methodological orientation.

See you in Spain

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