A STUDY ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STATE AND FOREIGN POLICY - A case study on US foreign policy in an Era of Post-truth Politics and retrenchment attitudes

Sebastian Præst Henriksen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This master thesis examines the sudden shift in US foreign strategies towards the EU concerning security and trade with regards to the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, disengagement from TTIP agreements and the neglectful perception towards NATO and the Western member-states. Us-ing the theoretical assumptions of neoclassical realism, a hypothetic-deductive reasoning and a mul-timethod qualitative approach, three central domestic actors of state actors, public opinion and non-state actors were discovered and analyzed on the premises of their potential influence on the shifting US foreign policy. The thesis finds that a major shift in the ideology and beliefs of the 2016 elected President Trump, who unlike his predecessors, brings a Jacksonian neo-isolationist foreign policy strategy, affecting the strategic culture and the grand strategies of the US, which up until the election of President Trump remained in the liberal and interventionist foreign strategies. The disagreements over trade, security and environment with the EU has worsened the relations. For the public opinion, their views on foreign relations have become more polarized with new political groups emerging and for the non-state actors and the business section, divided opinions on free-trade agreements vs. pro-tecting the American workers are the dominant forces. Diverging ideologies, beliefs, and foreign pol-icy strategies are what characterizes the shift in contemporary US foreign policy.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato9 sep. 2019
Antal sider69
VejledereGorm Rye Olsen


  • USA
  • Foreign policy
  • Domestic politics
  • Neoclassical realism
  • Qualitative approach
  • multi-method approach