Telling stories of failure: narrative constructions of foreign policy fiascos

Oppermann, Kai and Spencer, Alexander (2016) Telling stories of failure: narrative constructions of foreign policy fiascos. Journal of European Public Policy, 23 (5). pp. 685-701. ISSN 1350-1763

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The article introduces narrative analysis as a discourse analytical method for investigating the social construction of foreign policy fiascos. Based on insights from literary studies and Narratology it shows that stories of failure include a number of key elements, including a particular setting which defines appropriate behavior; the negative characterization of agents; as well as an emplotment of the ‘fiasco’ through the attribution of cause and responsibility. The article illustrates this method through a narrative analysis of German media reporting on Germany’s abstention in the UN Security Council vote on Resolution 1973 in March 2011 regarding the military intervention in Libya.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science
Depositing User: Kai Oppermann
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 07:06
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2019 11:22

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