Origins and Antecedents
Before the ‘formula’ of the national interest, to use Charles Beard’s perceptive expression, can be placed in a range of theoretical contexts within the discipline of International Relations, it is important to recognise and understand its evolution as a term of political discourse. The intellectual origins and history of the idea of ‘the national interest’ are virtually inseparable from how rulers came to define their justifications for state policy.
KeywordsForeign Policy International Relation Common Interest National Interest Political Community
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