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Oppermann, Kai; Spencer, Alexander (2016): Telling stories of failure. Narrative constructions of foreign policy fiascos. In: Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 23, No. 5: pp. 685-701
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The contribution introduces narrative analysis as a discourse analytical method for investigating the social construction of foreign policy fiascos. Based on insights from literary studies and narratology it shows that stories of failure include a number of key elements, including a particular setting which defines appropriate behaviour;the negative characterization of agents;as well as an emplotment of the 'fiasco' through the attribution of cause and responsibility. The contribution illustrates this method through a narrative analysis of German media reporting on Germany's abstention in the United Nations Security Council vote on Resolution 1973 in March 2011 regarding the military intervention in Libya.