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Entangling Relations: American Foreign Policy in Its Century / Edition 1
     

Entangling Relations: American Foreign Policy in Its Century / Edition 1

by David A. Lake
 

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ISBN-10: 0691059918

ISBN-13: 9780691059914

Pub. Date: 04/12/1999

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Throughout what publisher Henry Luce dubbed the "American century," the United States has wrestled with two central questions. Should it pursue its security unilaterally or in cooperation with others? If the latter, how can its interests be best protected against opportunism by untrustworthy partners? In a major attempt to explain security relations from an

Overview

Throughout what publisher Henry Luce dubbed the "American century," the United States has wrestled with two central questions. Should it pursue its security unilaterally or in cooperation with others? If the latter, how can its interests be best protected against opportunism by untrustworthy partners? In a major attempt to explain security relations from an institutionalist approach, David A. Lake shows how the answers to these questions have differed after World War I, during the Cold War, and today. In the debate over whether to join the League of Nations, the United States reaffirmed its historic policy of unilateralism. After World War II, however, it broke decisively with tradition and embraced a new policy of cooperation with partners in Europe and Asia. Today, the United States is pursuing a new strategy of cooperation, forming ad hoc coalitions and evincing an unprecedented willingness to shape but then work within the prevailing international consensus on the appropriate goals and means of foreign policy.

In interpreting these three defining moments of American foreign policy, Lake draws on theories of relational contracting and poses a general theory of security relationships. He arrays the variety of possible security relationships on a continuum from anarchy to hierarchy, and explains actual relations as a function of three key variables: the benefits from pooling security resources and efforts with others, the expected costs of opportunistic behavior by partners, and governance costs. Lake systematically applies this theory to each of the "defining moments" of twentieth-century American foreign policy and develops its broader implications for the study of international relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691059914
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/12/1999
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2Security Relationships17
Ch. 3A Theory of Relational Contracting35
Ch. 4The Lone Hand78
Ch. 5Cold War Cooperation128
Ch. 6Gulliver's Triumph198
Ch. 7Relational Contracting and International Relations263
Ch. 8Conclusion285
References299
Index325

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