Conference Paper Accepted.

Conference Paper Accepted.

Global Social Transformations, Temporality and Foreign Policy Change: Towards a Historical Sociological Approach to Foreign Policy Analysis, ISA Annual Convention, March 2014.

Abstract: Foreign policy-makers and bureaucracies do not exist only in a static international world of states. They also operate in a world of unfolding global social transformations caused and influenced by, among others, processes of economic globalization, financial crisis, transnational terrorism, global diffusion of norms, nuclear proliferation, and climate change. Yet, foreign policy analysis (FPA) scholars have all too often paid scarce theoretical and empirical attention towards understanding and explaining why, how and when an international environment marked also by social transformations, across time and space, relates to and influences states foreign policies. The paper proposes a Historical Sociological (HS) approach to FPA that integrates “global social transformations” and “temporality” in a structured and explicit way when explaining changes to foreign policy-making structures and practices. A HS informed approach provides a non-state centric and historicist concept of the “international” that is currently largely missing from the field of FPA. The paper illustrates the promise of a HS approach to FPA with and empirical case study that explores how decades long global processes of religious resurgence have led, since the end of the Cold War, to the emergence of a bundle of religious policy frameworks in American foreign policy.