Foreign policy internationalism and political possibility

McDonald, Matt (2013) Foreign policy internationalism and political possibility. International Politics, 50 1: 97-117. doi:10.1057/ip.2012.30

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Author McDonald, Matt
Title Foreign policy internationalism and political possibility
Journal name International Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1384-5748
Publication date 2013-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1057/ip.2012.30
Volume 50
Issue 1
Start page 97
End page 117
Total pages 21
Place of publication Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
While many of the contributions to this special issue focus on the content of internationalism and the dilemmas of ethical (state) action in world politics, this article focuses on the possibilities for internationalism to be meaningfully incorporated into state foreign policy. Here, my concern is with the extent to which a commitment to internationalism might be conceived as legitimate at the domestic level. In international relations, constructivists have come closest to directly addressing the domestic constraints and possibilities associated with foreign policy agenda. Theorists working in this tradition, however, have largely worked with binary logics (structure/agency, material/ideational, continuity/change) that emphasise one set of factors over another. Building on insights from the recent 'practice turn' in international relations, this article employs the work of Pierre Bourdieu in an attempt to transcend these binaries and develop a more nuanced and sophisticated sociological account of political possibility. I suggest the utility of his conceptions of field, habitus, capital and symbolic power in coming to terms with both possibilities for and limits to internationalism as a foreign policy orientation. I illustrate the utility of this framework with the example of Australia's retreat from internationalism under the Rudd Government from 2007 to 2010.
Keyword Possibility
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