Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 April 2015

200 Pages | 4 b&w illustrations and 15 b&w tables

9.21 x 6.14 inches

ISBN: 9780748699018

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Fear and the Making of Foreign Policy

Europe and Beyond

First Edition

Raymond Taras

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Explores whether a society's fear of foreigners can lead to xenophobic foreign policy
  • Contends that today's politics of fear in Europe is not only about elites manipulating publics but citizens imprinting their fears on foreign policy makers
  • Examines three European states - Western, Central and Nordic - whose policy responses to 'strangers' at home and to 'friends' or 'foes' abroad are dramatically dissimilar
  • Introduces psychological literature about social fears and methodological reflection on causal connections to chart in a nuanced step-by-step way how human phobias are refracted onto international politics
  • Addresses the phenomena of social fears, moral panic, and declinism of the West through the prism of xenophobic attitudes and their often underestimated consequences