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Investigating Leaders: Integrating the Study of Individuals in Foreign Policy Analysis and International Relations

Data publikacji: 19.09.2022

Teoria Polityki, 2022, Nr 6/2022, s. 81 - 99



Marijke Breuning
University of North Texas
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Foreign policy analysis (FPA) has long studied leaders and individual decision makers. In contrast, international relations (IR) long favored the system level of analysis, treating the state as an abstract unitary actor. However, IR has begun to rediscover the individual level of analysis, making this an opportune time to consider the contributions of both FPA and IR to the study of leaders and decision makers. This article reviews how FPA and IR study individual decision makers, highlighting prominent approaches in each field, comparing these approaches –highlighting similarities, differences, and connections –and discusses appropriate applications of each in empirical research. The contribution ends with suggestions for integrating the FPA and IR approaches to the study of leaders and individual decision makers, highlighting how this integration benefits the ability of both FPA and IR to address interesting research questions regarding the role of leaders and individual decision makers in international politics.


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Investigating Leaders: Integrating the Study of Individuals in Foreign Policy Analysis and International Relations


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