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International politics: Scandinavian Identity Amidst American Hegemony?

Jönsson, Christer LU (1993) In Scandinavian Political Studies 16(2). p.149-165
Abstract
International politics is often portrayed as a hegemonic discipline, dominated by US scholarship. Exploring the consequences of recent upheavals in world affairs for international politics research, the article suggests that the end of the cold war has exposed certain weaknesses in the US center which may be turned into advantages for the Scandinavian periphery. Specifically, Scandinavian researchers do not share the American preoccupation with theories predicated on bilateral and symmetrical relationships. Moreover, they are more prone to focus on subnational actors, they are more embedded in political science, they are generalists rather than specialist, their primary role is that of observers rather than advisers, and they are in a... (More)
International politics is often portrayed as a hegemonic discipline, dominated by US scholarship. Exploring the consequences of recent upheavals in world affairs for international politics research, the article suggests that the end of the cold war has exposed certain weaknesses in the US center which may be turned into advantages for the Scandinavian periphery. Specifically, Scandinavian researchers do not share the American preoccupation with theories predicated on bilateral and symmetrical relationships. Moreover, they are more prone to focus on subnational actors, they are more embedded in political science, they are generalists rather than specialist, their primary role is that of observers rather than advisers, and they are in a better position to escape from the entrapment of an ahistorical current-events approach. In conclusion, foreign policy analysis, negotiation studies, and research on international cooperation are singled out as areas where Scandinavians have been successful and where relative success can be accounted for, at least in part, by an ability to capitalize on the comparative advantages identified. (Less)
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  author       = {Jönsson, Christer},
  issn         = {1467-9477},
  keyword      = {Internationell politik},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {149--165},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Scandinavian Political Studies},
  title        = {International politics: Scandinavian Identity Amidst American Hegemony?},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {1993},
}