Dimensions of National Interest: II

  • Joseph Frankel
Part of the Key Concepts in Political Science book series (KCP)


The preceding chapter dealt with the various schemes for classifying the dimensions of national interest and with the broad concepts of ‘salience’ and ‘scope’. It would be convenient if now one scheme, whether out of those already advanced or a new one, could be applied in the analysis of the actual dimensions distinguished here. Unfortunately the field of inquiry is too broad and the state of the art too poor to allow for this. Any scheme, however comprehensive for some purposes and in relation to some states, must be found wanting in other contexts. Advance in this direction must be slow and arduous and the best prospects for its progress lie in attempting comparisons of pairs or of small groups of fairly similar or closely interacting states.


Foreign Policy Physical Distance National Interest Political Argument Territorial State 
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© Pall Mall Press Ltd. London 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Frankel
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonUK

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