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Annika Björkdahl

Annika Björkdahl

Professor

Annika Björkdahl

Constructing a Swedish conflict prevention policy based on a powerful idea and successful practice

Author

  • Annika Björkdahl

Summary, in English

The story of how conflict prevention became an integral and legitimate part of Swedish foreign policy illustrates the relationship between successful practices and powerful ideas. This article suggests that the demonstration of an idea in practice empowers the idea and contributes not only to its selection, but also to its framing and institutionalization within foreign policy. Hence, the article sets out to explore the relationships between practice, ideas and foreign policy. Adopting a social constructivist perspective, the article provides a detailed process-tracing of the construction of a Swedish conflict prevention policy and concludes that conflict prevention was a powerful idea because it was morally appealing and persuasive as well as successfully demonstrated in practice. In fact, preventive practices spearheaded the advancement of the conflict prevention idea. In addition, the idea resonated with the Swedish foreign policy elite, with commonly held values and with the traditional Swedish foreign policy that stressed internationalism and solidarity.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2007

Language

English

Pages

169-185

Publication/Series

Cooperation and Conflict

Volume

42

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • foreign policy ideas
  • conflict prevention
  • social constructivism
  • UNPREDEP
  • Swedish foreign policy

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0010-8367