Informal Groups and International Relations: A Critical Study on Behind-Scene World Politics
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- Behind-scene politics; informal groups; paternal power; international relations; diplomacy
The actual content of political work is the handling of human relationships. As the study of international politics progresses, scholars increasingly feel the incompetence of formal organizations and political procedures in explaining political phenomena, thus shift their focus to informal areas such as political psychology and culture. In this paper, we shall focus on informal groups existed in international politics, distinguish between different structures of informal groups such as “iron triangles” and “political networks,” define the roles they play in international politics, and explore two types of power that come into play when the dynamics of informal groups change. The article will briefly invoke and analyze various political phenomena that have emerged in the history of international relations as a tool for explaining and elaborating its arguments. It is hoped that the study of informal groups will both escape the dilemmas of formal organizational and procedural studies and avoid the isolationist and idealistic tendencies that arise in the study of political culture and psychology, providing a sample for behind-the-scenes studies of international politics.
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TY - CONF AU - Wenhao Zhang PY - 2023 DA - 2023/09/09 TI - Informal Groups and International Relations: A Critical Study on Behind-Scene World Politics BT - Proceedings of the 2023 9th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2023) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 631 EP - 638 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-38476-092-3_76 DO - 10.2991/978-2-38476-092-3_76 ID - Zhang2023 ER -