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Global Citizen and European RepublicIrish Foreign Policy in Transition$
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Ben Tonra

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719056079

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719056079.001.0001

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Policy actors and structures: the executive drama

Policy actors and structures: the executive drama

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Global Citizen and European Republic

Ben Tonra

Manchester University Press

This chapter outlines the central political and bureaucratic framework from which Irish foreign policy is constructed to analyses the significance of its evolution. It examines how the foreign policy process has evolved within an executive context, discusses the rise of the Department of Foreign Affairs as a key actor, and outlines the constitutional framework for foreign policy. This chapter highlights the limited role of the cabinet in foreign policy-making and considers the perspectives of executive actors in Ireland's foreign policy drama in the context of the proposed four identity narratives.

Keywords:   Irish foreign policy, bureaucratic framework, Department of Foreign Affairs, constitutional framework, cabinet, executive actors, identity narratives

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