African Foreign Policies: Selecting Signifiers to Explain Agency (Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Rela) (Paperback)

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African Foreign Policies: Selecting Signifiers to Explain Agency (Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Rela) (Paperback)

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This book explores, at a time when several powers have become serious players on the continent, aspects of African agency, past and present, by African writers on foreign policy, representative of geography, language and state size.

In the past, African foreign policy has largely been considered within the context of reactions to the international or global "external factor". This groundbreaking book, however, looks at how foreign policy has been crafted and used in response not just to external, but also, mainly, domestic imperatives or (theoretical) signifiers. As such, it narrates individual and changing foreign policy orientations over time--and as far back as independence--with mainly African-based scholars who present their own constructs of what is a useful theoretical narrative regarding foreign policy on the continent--how theory is adapted to local circumstance or substituted for continentally based ontologies. The book therefore contends that the African experience carries valuable import for expanding general understandings of foreign policy in general.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of Foreign Policy Analysis, Foreign Policy Studies, African International Relations/Politics/Studies, Diplomacy and more broadly to International Relations.

Paul-Henri Bischoff is Professor of International Relations and erstwhile longstanding Head of Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown-Makhanda, South Africa.
Product Details ISBN: 9781032400266
ISBN-10: 1032400269
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: August 29th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Rela