The project will take insights from these findings in public policy and investigate their merits for i/International r/Relations. It is interested not only in large scale catastrophic failures or fiascos but also in smaller, lesser known blunders and even instances of `successful failure where policy failures paradoxically contributed to the political success of the responsible actors. By starting out from a broad concept of mistakes as something gone wrong in programmatic (policy performance) or political (reputational) terms, the project allows for a comparison of mistakes of different severity and in very different realms of international relations in order to draw out answers to the following guiding questions:
- How does one identify and research a mistake?
- Why do mistakes happen?
- How are actors made responsible?
- What consequences do mistakes have?
- When and how do actors learn from mistakes?
Leaning on the research in public policy the volume s epistemological stance is open as it will include both parts which consider mistakes to be objective facts as well as parts which consider mistakes to be social constructions.