Towards an Assessment
With a subject of this nature, it would be impracticable to attempt a summary and conclusion of the book in the customary way. The argument is much too condensed to allow a meaningful brief summary; so many conclusions could be drawn from it that any selected by the author may strike the readers as idiosyncratic and arbitrary. The task of forming conclusions as to the nature of the concept will then be left to the individual reader who can, if necessary, easily refresh his memory of the argument by looking again through the whole book which is, after all, quite short. This chapter will merely attempt to get the subject into a broader perspective by discussing the issues of the clarity of perception of national interest, of its rationality and of its relationship with inter- and supranational values. These should be helpful both when applying the scheme to the analysis of the national interest of a specific single state and when looking for some general conclusions.
KeywordsForeign Policy National Interest European Economic Community Rational Principle Vital Interest
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