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Theoretical Framework

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This chapter focuses on the theoretical premises of the argument that contested state identities negatively affect a state’s ability to engage with Euro-Mediterranean regional security. This discussion of the theoretical framework will start with a review of different schools of thought within the theory of IR. As this discussion touches upon questions of reality, truth, and knowledge, these issues will briefly be addressed in a second step. Subsequently, we theoretically elaborate on how identities, and in particular state identities, can be studied, while conceptualizing the impact of contested state identities on foreign-policy interests, and consequently, outcome.

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  • State Identity
  • Foreign Policy
  • National Identity
  • Liberal Theory
  • Collective Identity

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© 2006 Raffaella A. Del Sarto

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Del Sarto, R.A. (2006). Theoretical Framework. In: Contested State Identities and Regional Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781403982858_3

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