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Re-evaluating Irish National Security PolicyAffordable Threats?$
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Michael Mulqueen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719080272

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719080272.001.0001

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Analysing Irish national security policy

Analysing Irish national security policy

(p.1) 1 Analysing Irish national security policy
Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

Michael Mulqueen

Manchester University Press

This chapter explains why an analysis of Irish national security policy after 9/11 is both timely and worthwhile. It also presents a brief summary of terminology that will crop up throughout the study. The research design employed is intended to facilitate the examination of policy from the perspectives of historical behaviour and crisis decision-making. It then turns to a model of threat response evaluation which is used to support a strategic and operational critique of Irish policy after 9/11. It describes how a governmental politics model can assist with the investigation of ‘crisis’ decision-making after 9/11. The five criteria for evaluating threat/considering response are the specificity of its identity, its nearness in space and time, the probability of it occurring, the weight of its consequences and whether or not perceptions of the threat are amplified by historical circumstance. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is shown.

Keywords:   Irish national security policy, 9/11, crisis decision-making, governmental politics, threat

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