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Ideas, persuasion and foreign policy analysis. The creation of Franco-German Youth Office

Abstract : In this paper, I would like to make a contribution to the classical issue of the role of ideas in the policy process. A review of the constructivist literature in Policy Analysis and International Relations reveals a strong attention on how overwhelming norms and social representations shape the actors' interests. Using the creation of the Franco-German Youth Office as a case study, I suggest that this mainstream constructivist approach underestimate the power of individual motivations. Those who do not share the institutionalized political orientations can engage in activities of persuasion. Governing political elites will probably rarely give up their fundamental values or their political objective under the pressure of rhetoric. But they can be much more open to persuasion if the argumentation concerns the policy instrument level. Using the example of the Franco-German youth exchange, I suggest that the looseness of the link between policy objectives and policy instruments offers a great space for rhetorical action.
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Mathias Delori. Ideas, persuasion and foreign policy analysis. The creation of Franco-German Youth Office. Workshop 8 : Foreign policy analysis: theory and practice. Joint Sessions of Workshops, Apr 2005, Grenade, Spain. ⟨halshs-00290356⟩



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