Abstract Why is it relevant and interesting to study the development in Danish foreign and security politics? And which explanatory power can such an analysis provide to the field? It is questions such as these that this master thesis seeks to answer. Danish foreign and security politics is complex and throughout time a number of studies of the field have been completed. This thesis seeks, through an historical analysis of the past thirty years, to contribute to already existing academic research by examining to what extent the development of this political area is happening based on and under the influence of external factors (historical events) or internal factors (the identity and interests of the state). The purpose of the thesis is to question to what extent Denmark can determine its own foreign and security politics and furthermore explain under which circumstances the external and internal factors influence this political area. Historical institutional theory have been applied to uncover continuity or change in the foreign and security politics. Furthermore social constructivistic theory has been applied in an attempt to explain the different identities and interests of the Danish state. Methodically the thesis is founded in document analysis, which is helpful in order to put into system the used documents, create an overview of the political development and identify the historical continuity or changes in the field. On the basis of the thesis it is possible to conclude, that external factors more of less determine the maneuvering room for Danish politics and further, that internal factors to a far greater extent steer the course for how this maneuvering room can be exploited.
|Uddannelser||Forvaltning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||4 apr. 2014|
- Danish foreign policy