"Once upon a time …" fiascos as narratives in foreign policy

Oppermann, Kai and Spencer, Alexander (2016) "Once upon a time …" fiascos as narratives in foreign policy. Zeitschrift für Politik, 63 (2). pp. 156-169. ISSN 0044-3360

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Despite the agreement among many scholars that fiascos in foreign policy are not objectively observable facts but that they lie in the eye of the beholder or in other words are discursively constructed, there is very little use of discourse analytical methods when investigating such “fiascos”. This contribution therefore illustrates a method of narrative analysis and demonstrations how foreign policy fiascos are discursively constructed in the media. Based on insights from Literary Studies and Narratology it shows that stories about Mistakes consist of three fundamental elements: the setting of the story which guides appropriate behavior, the characterization of the actors involved as well as the emplotment of the event as a “fiasco” and the attribution of cause and blame.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Kai Oppermann
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2016 12:23
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 07:39
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/62004

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