UDC 327(497.11)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 69 (2018)
Vol. 69, No 1169, pp. 5-30
DOI:

Original scientific paper
Received: 25 Jan 2018
Accepted: 25 Feb 2018

DETERMINANTS OF THE FOREIGN POLICY OF SERBIA: THEORETICAL MODEL AND ITS APPLICATION

Visković Prof. dr Ivo (Redovni profesor Fakulteta političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu, u penziji),

This article is an attempt to construct a theoretical model for analysis of the determinants of foreign policy and to apply it to the case study of Serbia. Having firstly critically evaluated several authors’ approaches to that issue in international and domestic literature, the author has made his definition of the term determinants of foreign policy, trying to overcome shortcomings of other definitions, and classifies all determinants in four basic groups: historical, determinants from the international environment, determinants of the socio-political („domestic“) system and idiosyncratic factors. He classifies different factors in the most adequate of these four groups, explains their content and meaning. At the end of the theoretical part of this article, the author shortly turns to some methodological problems dealing with the approach he used. Thereupon, as an example of the concrete application of the proposed model, the author analyses relevant determinants of the foreign policy of Serbia. In the concluding remarks, he calls for improvements of this model as a pioneer theoretical attempt, or – by James Rosenau\'s term – contribution to a pre-theory of the foreign policy, to achieve the highest possible theoretical level and thus to improve the results of the model\'s practical applications.

Keywords: foreign policy theory, determinants of the foreign policy, foreign policy of Serbia