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Diasporas and the Foreign Policy Agendas of their Host States

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Diasporas and the Foreign Policy Agendas of their Host States

Krynitzki, Sara (2012) Diasporas and the Foreign Policy Agendas of their Host States. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The purpose of this thesis is to answer the following set of interrelated research questions: do diasporas influence the foreign policy agendas of their host countries regarding their home countries? If so, when do they do it and how do
they do it? In this thesis, I develop a primary explanation and an alternative explanation to test against the evidence I find in my case studies to determine which explanation is the more compelling explanation for the research questions
posed. My primary explanation is that host country foreign policymakers are likely to place a diaspora’s home country policy issue onto the host country foreign policy agenda as a result of a diaspora’s electoral influence. My
alternative explanation is that host country foreign policymakers are likely to place a diaspora’s home country policy issue onto the host country’s foreign policy agenda if the diaspora effectively frames the issue in ways that engage and appeal to policymakers. As case studies, I focus on the Sri Lankan Tamil diasporas in Britain and in Canada, and their respective roles in influencing the foreign policy agendas of Britain and Canada regarding the Sri Lankan civil war. After testing the explanations against the evidence in the case studies, I determine that the more compelling explanation is that diasporas influence the foreign policy
agendas of their host countries regarding their home countries when they effectively frame the issues in ways that engage and appeal to policymakers.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Krynitzki, Sara
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Public Policy and Public Administration
Date:30 March 2012
ID Code:973714
Deposited By:SARA KRYNITZKI
Deposited On:19 Jun 2012 15:15
Last Modified:19 Jun 2012 15:15
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