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A Foreign Policy Analysis of the “German Question”: Ostpolitik Revisited

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  1. Errata: A Foreign Policy Analysis of the “German Question”: Ostpolitik Revisited Volume 4, Issue 2, 207, Article first published online: 15 April 2008

  • Author’s note: The authors thank the British Academy for their support through LRG-35361 in the preparation of this paper. They also extend their thanks to Klaus Bachmann, Andrzej Dybczyński, and Zdeněk Hausvater. This article partially draws on findings presented in Cordell and Wolff (2005a).

Abstract

Taking a constructivist approach to foreign policy analysis and using German policy vis-à-vis Poland and Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic as an example, we examine Ostpolitik since the 1960s as a case of a norm-driven foreign policy. We argue that the content of Ostpolitik, including changes over time, can be explained by reference to a prevailing norm consensus in Germany about the country’s foreign policy toward Central and Eastern Europe, which began to develop in the 1960s.

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