Pathos and policy: the power of emotions in shaping perceptions of international relations

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Title: Pathos and policy: the power of emotions in shaping perceptions of international relations
Author: Skorick, J Mark
Abstract: Current approaches to foreign policy decision making and international conflict have ignored the role of emotions as variables influencing foreign policy choices . However , a growing area of political research suggests that emotions are of critical importance to many aspects of political life . Predominant foreign policy decision making models currently attend to either rational calculations or ? ? ? ? ? ?cold ? ? ? ? ? ? cognitive processes and heuristics . These models provide little theoretical space for propositions about how enduring and intense emotions such as hatred and fear influence perceptions and interpretations of interstate conflict . In this paper we propose a model which addresses this deficiency in foreign policy decision making research . A theory of emotions is introduced and integrated into the existing research on foreign policy decision making . Hypotheses pertaining to the influence of negative emotions on information processing and choice in international relations are derived from the model and tested in a multimethod setting . Findings are reported and discussed within the framework of existing empirical research on process -oriented models of foreign policy decision making .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4209
Date: 2006-10-30

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Pathos and policy: the power of emotions in shaping perceptions of international relations. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4209 .

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