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in Environmental politics in the European Union
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6 Policy actors and structures: the executive drama Introduction The objective of this chapter is to outline the central political and bureaucratic framework from which Irish foreign policy is constructed and to analyse the significance of its evolution. Traditionally, Irish foreign policy has been seen as a creature of government and thus of the ministers and the departmental officials directly concerned with the pursuit of foreign policy objectives.This chapter will argue that in so far as the executive remains at the centre of the foreign policy process in

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7 Policy actors and structures: the democratic coda Introduction The aim of this chapter is to review the structures, both formal and informal, through which democratic control is exercised over the formulation and conduct of Irish foreign policy. It is evident from the previous chapter that in the 1980s and 1990s the winds of a gentle revolution were sweeping through the corridors of Iveagh House. Some of the resulting change in executive structures, roles and procedures could be seen to be a result of Ireland’s twenty-five-year engagement in Europe and an

in Global citizen and European Republic

2543Chap4 16/7/03 9:58 am Page 74 4 The Corporate Actor model The previous chapter demonstrated the striking differences in the climate strategies of ExxonMobil, the Shell Group and Statoil. While ExxonMobil has adopted a reactive strategy, Shell has chosen a proactive response, and Statoil has adopted a strategy representing a hybrid between these two positions. In this chapter we explore the explanatory power of the approach we have labelled the Corporate Actor (CA) model. To recapitulate our discussion from chapter 2, the CA model suggests that

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Official reports on the UN Mission in Kosovo generally refer to UNMIK as the only significant actor in the territory during its post-conflict reconstruction. In the field of public administration development, however, several large and influential international organisations and bilateral donors in addition to the UN played leading roles. Although the majority of these actors

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11 Sir Robert Peel as actor-dramatist Richard Gaunt O n 2 May 1997, on leaving Downing Street as Prime Minister for the last time, John Major observed that ‘when the curtain falls, it is time to get off the stage’. There could hardly have been a more appropriate metaphor for the theatre of modern British politics. Standing on Downing Street outside the famous black door of No. 10 – both of which have become props in a political stage-set which forms the back-drop for national political life – Major addressed an audience composed nominally of television cameras

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Throughout the preceding analyses of Agnès Varda's films, the oscillation between objectivity and subjectivity has been a major and recurring theme. Not only does Varda link the 'document brut' (raw documentary footage) to 'ses réponses affectives ou rationnelles' (emotional and rational responses), but also to a 'histoire articulée' (constructed story), a presentable form which will allow the audience to see it differently. This chapter is concerned with the way in which the film treats the question of spectacle and performance, and its relation to direct experience. Varda's fiction films are remarkable for their absence of star actors. Although a constant preoccupation with budgets has to be taken into account, there is enough evidence to suggest that the absence is not a result of stars simply not being available. In other words Varda's interest in major actors is stirred most by their existence as human beings rather than their professional talents.

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