American Foreign Policy: Theoretical Essays 2nd Ed.

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These thought provoking essays, both classic and current, detail the problems encountered in generating a plausible theory of foreign policy and address international determinants of American foreign policy economic necessity as a driving force behind foreign policy, and ideological and cultural accounts of foreign policy. Also considered are bureaucratic politics and organizational process, the importance of perceptions among foreign policy elite, and normative approaches to ...
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These thought provoking essays, both classic and current, detail the problems encountered in generating a plausible theory of foreign policy and address international determinants of American foreign policy economic necessity as a driving force behind foreign policy, and ideological and cultural accounts of foreign policy. Also considered are bureaucratic politics and organizational process, the importance of perceptions among foreign policy elite, and normative approaches to the explanation of foreign policy.
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A collection of 28 essays representing key theoretical works on American foreign policy and exemplifying the problems in generating a single plausible theory that addresses the multiplicity of domestic and international determinants. The initial essays helps the reader to develop the tools of analytical choice, and the subsequent discussions extend the foundation to a number of alternative study routes which involve economics, culture, politics, and perceptions. This revised edition includes 16 new readings, and a special section on theoretical debates after the cold war. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780673524409
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 682
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Problem of Explanation 13
A Widening Gyre: The Logic of American Weapons Procurement 15
Explaining Change in Foreign Economic Policy 38
Models of International Relations and Foreign Policy 66
Pt. 2 International Sources of Foreign Policy 93
Anarchic Orders and Balances of Power 95
Toward a Realist Theory of State Action 119
The American Conception of National Security and the Beginning of the Cold War, 1945-1948 140
Pt. 3 Capitalism, Class and Foreign Policy 169
The Political Consequences of the Product Cycle: Industrial History and Political Outcomes 171
Sectoral Conflict and U.S. Foreign Economic Policy, 1914-1940 201
Economic Instability and Military Strength: The Paradoxes of the 1950 Rearmament Decision 230
Pt. 4 National Values, Democratic Institutions, and Foreign Policy 249
American Ideals versus American Institutions 251
Policy Making in a Weak State 284
An International Liberal Community 309
The United States Political System and International Leadership: A "Decidedly Inferior" Form of Government 328
Pt. 5 Public Opinion, Policy Legitimacy, and Sectional Conflict 349
From Pearl Harbor to Vietnam: Shifting Generational Paradigms and Foreign Policy 351
The "Operational Code": A Neglected Approach to the Study of Political Leaders and Decision Making 372
Political Conflict and Foreign Policy in the United States: A Geographical Interpretation 395
Pt. 6 Bureaucratic Politics and Organizational Culture 413
Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis 415
Are Bureaucracies Important? (Or Allison Wonderland) 459
The Organizational Process and Bureaucratic Politics Paradigms: Retrospect and Prospect 472
How Could Vietnam Happen? An Autopsy 502
Pt. 7 Perceptions, Personality, and Social Psychology 513
Hypotheses on Misperception 515
Cognitive Perspectives on Foreign Policy 536
Seduction by Analogy in Vietnam: The Malaya and Korea Analogies 554
The Personalities of Bush and Gorbachev Measured at a Distance: Procedures, Portraits, and Policy 565
Escalation of the Vietnam War: How Could It Happen 593
Pt. 8 Theoretical Debates after the Cold War 623
Who Won the Cold War 625
The Tragedy of Cold War History 637
"Revising Postrevisionism," or, the Poverty of Theory in Diplomatic History 652
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