American Foreign Policy: Theoretical Essays / Edition 5

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Ikenberry, John G., American Foreign Policy: Theoretical Essays, 4th Edition*\ Featuring 28 thought-provoking essays collected from scholarly journals, this highly respected reader provides an overview of the major, contending theories that shape U.S. foreign policy. Edited by one of the foremost names in the field, this respected volume contains selections written by leading scholars in U.S. foreign policy and international relations. The essays provide representative statements of the major, contending explanations of American foreign policy and encourage readers to evaluate the issues that shape our foreign policy today. For those interested in American foreign policy.
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Editorial Reviews

Eikenberry (Georgetown U.) presents a collection of 28 previously- published journal articles by leading scholars representing the variety of theoretical approaches used to explain U.S. foreign policy and international relations. Topics include emerging democracies, executive-congressional relations, civil-military relations, and the influence of business interests on foreign policy decisions. The fourth edition includes new introductions at the beginning of each of the eight sections of the book, and nine new essays. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"I certainly would adopt American Foreign Policy for my course again. It is the best text that I have found for the interdisciplinary audience, and for linking some of the theoretical work I present in class to the policy discussions. The new additions seem to only enhance the quality of the book."—Navin Bapat, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Yes, I would absolutely adopt this text and recommend it to colleagues. It is ideal for a course structured around different levels of analysis in accounting for foreign policy decision-making. In its combination of theoretical diversity and attention to important historical case studies, it is head and shoulders above the competition."—Kyle Lascurettes, The George Washington University

"Ikenberry and Trubowitz have assembled a first-rate set of essays that are sure to help students understand how the United States interacts with the world around it. American Foreign Policy presents a wide array of perspectives and covers many of the important issues that concern policymakers in Washington. It is an ideal teaching device."—John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618918072
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and Co-Director of Princeton's Center for International Security Studies.

Peter Trubowitz is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Co-Director of the United States International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Problem of Explanation 13
A Widening Gyre: The Logic of American Weapons Procurement 14
Models of International Relations and Foreign Policy 37
Pt. 2 International Sources of Foreign Policy 65
Anarchic Orders and Balances of Power 67
Toward a Realist Theory of State Action 90
The American Conception of National Security and the Beginnings of the Cold War, 1945-1948 111
Pt. 3 Capitalism, Class, and Foreign Policy 139
The Political Consequences of the Product Cycle: Industrial History and Political Outcomes 141
Sectoral Conflict and U.S. Foreign Economic Policy, 1914-1940 171
Economic Instability and Military Strength: The Paradoxes of the 1950 Rearmament Decision 200
Pt. 4 National Values, Democratic Institutions, and Foreign Policy 219
American Ideals versus American Institutions 221
Policy Making in a Weak State 254
The United States Political System and International Leadership: A "Decidedly Inferior" Form of Government? 279
Democracy and the National Interest 299
Pt. 5 Public Opinion, Policy Legitimacy, and Sectional Conflict 313
From Pearl Harbor to Vietnam: Shifting Generational Paradigms and Foreign Policy 315
Domestic Constraints on Regime Change in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Need for Policy Legitimacy 336
Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: Challenges to the Almond-Lippmann Consensus 361
Political Conflict and Foreign Policy in the United States: A Geographical Interpretation 393
Pt. 6 Bureaucratic Politics and Organizational Culture 411
Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis 413
Are Bureaucracies Important? (Or Allison Wonderland) 458
How Could Vietnam Happen? An Autopsy 471
Pt. 7 Perceptions, Personality, and Social Psychology 481
Hypotheses on Misperception 483
Cognitive Perspectives on Foreign Policy 504
Seduction by Analogy in Vietnam: The Malaya and Korea Analogies 523
Escalation of the Vietnam War: How Could It Happen 533
Pt. 8 American Foreign Policy after the Cold War 561
From Preponderance to Offshore Balancing: America's Future Grand Strategy 563
"Bismarck" or "Britain"? Toward an American Grand Strategy after Bipolarity 596
The Myth of Post-Cold War Chaos 615
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