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The face behind the clusters: A discursive analysis of the Saudi Arabian foreign policy actions from an identity and role conception perspective

Tyrberg, Sofia LU (2016) FKVK02 20161
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The aim of this thesis is to analyze whether the aggressive foreign policy actions recently taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can be understood and explained through political identity theory and role conception theory from a social constructivist theory perspective. This will be done through a discursive analysis method according to Laclau and Mouffe, aiming to identify a discourse of the identity of the state which creates a role conception based on the identified discourse of the state’s identity. This study will examine whether the decision makers perception of the state’s role influences him to act according to this role in his foreign policy. The cases of examination are Saudi Arabian foreign policy actions taken in Bahrein in... (More)
The aim of this thesis is to analyze whether the aggressive foreign policy actions recently taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can be understood and explained through political identity theory and role conception theory from a social constructivist theory perspective. This will be done through a discursive analysis method according to Laclau and Mouffe, aiming to identify a discourse of the identity of the state which creates a role conception based on the identified discourse of the state’s identity. This study will examine whether the decision makers perception of the state’s role influences him to act according to this role in his foreign policy. The cases of examination are Saudi Arabian foreign policy actions taken in Bahrein in 2011 and in Yemen in 2015. The study concludes that the actions indeed can be understood through identity theory and role conception theory, however the role of the state may change as the interests and goals of the decision maker change. (Less)
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author
Tyrberg, Sofia LU
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FKVK02 20161
year
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, political identity theory, role conception theory, discursive analysis, foreign policy, Bahrein, Yemen
language
English
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8875092
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2016-06-17 12:15:37
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  abstract     = {The aim of this thesis is to analyze whether the aggressive foreign policy actions recently taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can be understood and explained through political identity theory and role conception theory from a social constructivist theory perspective. This will be done through a discursive analysis method according to Laclau and Mouffe, aiming to identify a discourse of the identity of the state which creates a role conception based on the identified discourse of the state’s identity. This study will examine whether the decision makers perception of the state’s role influences him to act according to this role in his foreign policy. The cases of examination are Saudi Arabian foreign policy actions taken in Bahrein in 2011 and in Yemen in 2015. The study concludes that the actions indeed can be understood through identity theory and role conception theory, however the role of the state may change as the interests and goals of the decision maker change.},
  author       = {Tyrberg, Sofia},
  keyword      = {The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,political identity theory,role conception theory,discursive analysis,foreign policy,Bahrein,Yemen},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The face behind the clusters: A discursive analysis of the Saudi Arabian foreign policy actions from an identity and role conception perspective},
  year         = {2016},
}