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Kompleks Interdependens: I det anglo-spanske forhold?

Studenteropgave: Master speciale

  • Brian Boesdal
Stabskursus, Stabskursus
Through a theory-confirming case study, this master thesis examines, whether Keohane &
Nye’s concept of Complex Interdependence is applicable in describing the Anglo-Spanish
relationship. In order to focus the thesis, the dispute over Gibraltar is chosen as a “case in
case” – the Gibraltar conflict becoming the centre for attention in the analysis.
The series of analysis of the Anglo-Spanish relation in the past 50 years, concentrates on
the three characteristics of Complex Interdependence:
 Multiple channels connects the societies
 Absence of hierarchy among issues
 Minor role of military force
Afterwards, the distinct political processes of Complex Interdependence is given a thorough
examination in order to validate the conclusions based on the three characteristics.
The thesis concludes that United Kingdom and Spain are connected through an unusual
high number of channels - that the hierarchy of issues are a lot less distinct than it used to
be – and that military force plays a minor close to non-existent role in the relationship.
The overall conclusion is that complex interdependence is a genuine description of the
Anglo-Spanish relationship – hence strengthening the overall proposition of complex
interdependence developed by Keohane & Nye forty years ago.
Udgivelsesdato2 maj 2014
Udgivende institutionForsvarsakademiet


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