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Narrative and National Security Policy

Aistrope, Tim (2018) Narrative and National Security Policy. (DS59). Social Research Publications (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

National security is often regarded as ‘high politics’ – partisan machinations and populist appeals stop at the water’s edge, the old adage insists. Here rational analysis and the national interest drive policy making about the grave issues of war and peace. In this context, formal analysis has tended to focus on effectiveness, cost/benefit, feasibility and the like, while policy formation has been addressed through behind-the-scenes research that traces process and engages with key stakeholders. Yet close analysis of national security documents often reveals the presence of loaded narratives, ripe with emotive language and heavy connotation, and deeply rooted in the surrounding political culture. Such narratives seem to belie characterisation of hard-headed policy making and suggest that a wider array of influences impact the policy formation process.

Item Type: Internet publication
Uncontrolled keywords: Narrative, National Security, International Relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Tim Aistrope
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 11:36 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 09:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72579 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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