This study examines the impact of role prescriptions by international organisations on small state foreign and security policies. Focusing on Portugal, NATO and the EU, the study analyses primary sources (official documents) and blends role theory with insights of sociological institutionalism, finding empirical evidence of policy roles informed by prescribed appropriate standards of behaviour. The study uses a) sociological institutionalist views about the logic of appropriateness as a guiding frame, and b) international socialisation to account for internalisation of policy behaviour. This approach helps to validate a general set of conditions selected from the literature on international role prescriptions, in relation to NATO and the EU¿s CFSP (i.e., international position of these organisations, and prominence, endurance and concordance of the roles prescribed), and in relation to national role incorporation (national political rhetoric, policy planning and policy action).
|Award date||23 Aug 2006|
|Place of Publication||Enschede|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|