African Foreign Policies: Power and Process

African Foreign Policies: Power and Process

African Foreign Policies: Power and Process

African Foreign Policies: Power and Process

Synopsis

This comprehensive treatment of the interplay between domestic and international politics analyzes efforts by African states to manage their external relations amid seismic shifts in the internal, regional, and global environments. The authors' nuanced analysis of foreign policy issues and themes traverses the continent, identifying patterns of change, examining constraints, and giving careful attention to the processes that so powerfully influence policy outcomes.

Excerpt

Gilbert M. Khadiagala & Terrence Lyons

Studies of African foreign policy seek to shed light on actors, contexts, and outcomes. Foreign policy makers attempt to reconcile domestic interests with external circumstances, taking account of the available means, resources, and institutions for doing so. Important to understanding foreign policy are specific domestic and external contexts and the interaction between these two environments. As major players in foreign policy, elites operate within institutions that continually constrain them, but oftentimes, these policymakers can work around such limits and manage the tensions between domestic and international society. Outcomes are interesting because they answer far-reaching questions about how elites achieve their foreign policy goals, specifically how they balance means and objectives. Despite the postcolonial conundrum of multiple motives and meager means, African elites have treated foreign policy as a way for nationstates to become effective participants and claimants in the international arena.

The focus on actors and contexts, on the sources and sites of policy formulation and implementation, reveals the institutional bases of actors and their links to each other and society as a whole. in studies of decisionmaking in Africa, most scholars have concentrated on the cultural and organizational contexts of conception and execution of policy in light of domestic and international resources. These studies have highlighted that decisions are outcomes of a wide array of variables ranging . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.