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Assessing the Europeanisation of Portuguese Foreign and Security Policy

Steven Robinson

Since achieving democracy, Portugal has shifted its foreign policy focus away from the Atlantic and Africa and towards Europe. Has the 'Europeanisation' of Portuguese foreign policy fundamentally changed the areas of interest for Portugal and how day-to-day foreign policy is made? In what ways have socialisation processes and pressures to conform to 'European' ways of doing things, forced policy-makers to change? How have these forces been resisted or reconstructed in order to conform to existing institutional cultures? This research draws upon recent data gathered from interviews and documentation gathered from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lisbon and Portugal's permanent representation to Brussels.

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