National Interests Revisited: The German Case

in German Politics and Society
Patricia A. Davis University of Notre Dame

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There has been much debate recently on the role of cognition in

determining national interest and thus indirectly foreign policy. The

argument has been made by many poststructuralists that interestbased

arguments are static in that they do not allow for change in

the determination of national interest. These arguments allegedly fail

to take into account the powerful role of social norms and culture in

influencing what “states make of anarchy.”

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