A democratic decision-maker is always aware of his or her responsibility to the society which lies behind the political process. But responsibility is ambiguous and relational because of the many constituencies which must be borne in mind: at home there are colleagues in government and party, the constituency voters who brought you to power in the first place, sponsors of various kinds and ultimately the electorate as a whole. In the international realm there are the allies, neighbours and colleagues in various cross-cutting networks, together with obligations undertaken to the international community as a whole - to say nothing of any sense of responsibility to future genera tions. Feelings of responsibility do not necessarily coincide with others expectations. In any case both are highly variable according to context, and difficult to identify empirically. This is partly because of the obscure nature of the evidence about the extent to which domestic pop ulations are concerned about foreign policy.
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