On the resilience of perceptual states in foreign policy shaping or the antinomy of reversibility in patterns of foreign policy behaviour : a case study on Greek Socialist foreign policy decision making during the time period 1981-1989
The empirical theme of the present thesis draws upon the foreign policy decision-making processes, which were implemented by the Greek Socialist Government during its first two consecutive terms in office over the time-period extending from October 1981 until June 1989. Whilst the empirical scope of the thesis covers a particular set of foreign policy decisional sequences. which substantiated politically the pursuit of PASOK's ideological endeavours, the analytical orientations of the thesis involve an examination of similar sequences in the light of a set of specific. methodologically induced hypotheses and reflect a set of elemental philosophical preoccupations. By focusing upon a set of specific aspects of the empirical matter approached. the thesis engages upon an analytical discussion of. and adopts a methodological approach to. a characteristic epistemological dichotomy: that formed between interfaces established by perception-based norms of foreign policy behaviour and the philosophical agency exuded by a set of political semantics. Thus. the thesis discusses the empirical and analytical diversity which may characterise the intersubjectively real and the subjectively described. By emphasising the importance attributed to perceptual states in the framework of foreign policy shaping. the thesis raises empirically tangible questions about the extent to which perceptual formats may actually establish objectifiable patterns of foreign policy behaviour and legitimise their inherent ideological rationaJes. In such terms. the theoretical theme of the thesis revolves around the seminal issue of the behavioural agency exercised by perceptual states. which may inexorably determine the substance of actual foreign policy decision-making.