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Ole Elgström

Ole Elgström

Professor emeritus

Ole Elgström

Do images matter? The making of Swedish neutrality: 1834 and 1853

Author

  • Ole Elgström

Summary, in English

Sweden's decision to choose neutrality as its security policy orientation in the first half of the nineteenth century is explained with the help of image theory. It is argued that a theory focusing on the images of policy-makers regarding self, others and situation provides a better explanation of these strategic decisions than traditional balance-of-power theories. The important role of enemy-images is emphasized, as is the particular impact of images in times of uncertainty.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2000

Language

English

Pages

243-267

Publication/Series

Cooperation and Conflict

Volume

35

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • Internationell politik

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0010-8367