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The promotion of ressentiment ideologies to affect international relations outcomes

Branson, Luke (2011) The promotion of ressentiment ideologies to affect international relations outcomes. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Ressentiment, as alluded to by Nietzsche, Scheler and Brown has influenced international politics and many state vis-à-vis state relationships. State-elites employ ressentiment ideologies to promote internal cohesion and manipulate opinion to affect favourable foreign policy outcomes. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the role that state elites have played in promoting ressentiment ideologies in order to affect a desired outcome. Research will cover contemporary events and incidents, through which it will be shown that ressentiment is endemic in the modern political landscape. The case study utilised in this thesis encompasses the United States and its ongoing war on terrorism. The existence of ressentiment ideologies in international relations will be demonstrated through archival and statistical research, highlighting the need for a broader study of its effects and impacts on the socio-political landscape by students of international relations. Further investigation is required for three reasons: first, to provide a definitive conception of ressentiment ideologies; second, to document instances of the engagement of ressentiment and its ramifications; and third, to establish ressentiment as a theory worthy of study by the wider IR fraternity.

Publication Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Supervisor: Makinda, Samuel
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