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Modelling Friendship between Elite Political Actors: Interpreting the Relationships of Schmidt and Giscard d’Estaing, Kohl and Mitterrand, Thatcher and Reagan, and Bush and Major

van Hoef, Yuri (2018) Modelling Friendship between Elite Political Actors: Interpreting the Relationships of Schmidt and Giscard d’Estaing, Kohl and Mitterrand, Thatcher and Reagan, and Bush and Major. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

This thesis investigates the possibility that friendship is not only possible between elite actors, but that it also plays an explanatory role in their actions (and thus politics more generally). Part I of the thesis develops a model for the identification of friendship between elite actors. This model suggests that political friendship can be seen to exist between elite actors when five key components are seen to be present: (1) affect (2) a grand project (3) altruistic reciprocity (4) moral obligations, and (5) equality. Moreover, not only does the model confirm the presence of friendship, it also shows how friendship can have a role in explaining the actions of elite actors. Part II of the thesis, in order to illustrate the effectiveness of the model, examines, and confirms, the presence of friendship in four recent relationships in contemporary history: Helmut Schmidt and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (1974-1982); Helmut Kohl and François Mitterrand (1982-1995); Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan (1981-1989), and George H. W. Bush and John Major (1990-1993). It is proposed at the end of the thesis that the model developed here can be extended to look at other cases in politics and international relations.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: friendship; history; International Relations; politics; affect; elites; state leaders; Helmut Schmidt; Valéry Giscard d’Estaing; Helmut Kohl; François Mitterrand; Margaret Thatcher; Ronald Reagan; George H. W. Bush; John Major; foreign policy; special relationship; emotions; leaders; Cold War; France; Germany; United States; United Kingdom
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Politics & International Studies (POLIS) (Leeds)
Depositing User: Dr. Y. van Hoef
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 12:46
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2019 12:46
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/22485

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