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Foreign policy and globalization theory: The case of Israel

Aran, A. (2011). Foreign policy and globalization theory: The case of Israel. International Politics, 48(6), pp. 707-730. doi: 10.1057/ip.2011.26


Since the early 1990s, international relations has witnessed a stimulating debate on globalization. This debate laid the foundations for globalization theory (GT), providing the tools for an empirical examination of the globalization of multiple activities: from politics and organized violence, to finance, trade and production, through culture and environmental degradation. However, examination of what appear to be the best-known works on globalization reveals that foreign policy has been virtually excluded from GT. In this context, based on what is described here as a synergistic transformationalist approach (STA) to globalization, I provide a critique of GT. The critique is geared towards examining why foreign policy hitherto has been overlooked by contemporary GT. I expose the problems this generates and address them by exploring how STA enables GT to incorporate foreign policy. I use the case of Israel heuristically to elicit how incorporating foreign policy into GT may provide a better understanding of the relationship between foreign policy and globalization. Three themes are highlighted: the role of foreign policy in inducing and reproducing globalization; determining the mutually constitutive relationship between globalization and the state; and shaping the interfacing between international politics and globalization.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Aran, A (2011). Foreign policy and globalization theory: The case of Israel. INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, 48(6) is available online at:
Publisher Keywords: foreign policy; globalization theory; Israel; the PLO
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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