Political Mistakes and Policy Failures in International Relations

  • Andreas Kruck
  • Kai Oppermann
  • Alexander Spencer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Andreas Kruck, Kai Oppermann, Alexander Spencer
    Pages 1-29
  3. Foreign and Security Policy

  4. International Political Economy

  5. International Public Policy

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 305-318

About this book


This edited volume analyzes mistakes in different areas of international relations including the realms of security, foreign policy, finance, health, development, environmental policy and migration. By starting out from a broad concept of mistakes as “something [considered to have] gone wrong” the edited volume enables comparisons of various kinds of mistakes from a range of analytical perspectives, including objectivist and interpretivist approaches, in order to draw out answers to the following guiding questions:

• How does one identify and research a mistake?

• Why do mistakes happen?

• How are actors made responsible?

• When and how do actors learn from mistakes?

This book will be of great interest to scholars, undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as practitioners in International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, Security Studies, International Political Economy, and Diplomatic History.


International Relations Political Mistakes Policy Failures Public Policy Communication Studies Mistakes in International Relations Mistakes in Counter Terrorism German Foreign Policy Mistakes in Economics & Finance Private Governance Failures World Health Organization UK International Development Policy British Aid British Immigration Policy International Organizations

Editors and affiliations

  • Andreas Kruck
    • 1
  • Kai Oppermann
    • 2
  • Alexander Spencer
    • 3
  1. 1.Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political ScienceLudwig-Maximilians-University MunichMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of PoliticsUniversity of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Institute of Social Sciences and HistoryOtto-von-Guericke University MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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