Contending Dramas: A Cognitive Approach to International Organization

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Overview

As the field of political psychology has grown, so has the study of foreign policy behavior and motivation. This collection of essays offers the metaphor of drama to pull together the conceptual and behavioral elements of current concepts in the field. The volume uses a common political framework to examine the impact of perceptual changes resulting from the end of the Cold War on the organization and interpretation of international issues. Exploring trends in the superpowers, Europe, Africa and Asia, and examining issues ranging from security to political and human rights matters, the analyses point out a number of trends in policy and strategy that are associated with patterns of perceptual change.

In general these essays take a more pessimistic view of post-Cold War policy trends than one finds in the field at the moment. The articles examine the confusion and potential for continued international conflict that result from the end of the Cold War and they argue that cooperation in international politics in not an inevitable outcome of the new relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. They argue that there is much greater opportunity for new directions in conflict resolution but that without careful attention to the reformulation of perceptions and policy, those opportunities could be lost.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275935269
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTHA L. COTTAM is Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington State University.

CHIH-YU SHIH is Professor at National Taiwan University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Metaphor of Drama
1 Recent Developments in Political Psychology 1
2 Symbolic Interactionism and International Politics: Role Theory's Contribution to International Organization 19
3 Seeking Common Causal Maps: A Cognitive Approach to International Organization 39
4 Contending Dramas: Detente and International Organizational Processes 57
5 Contending Dramas in American Foreign Policy 75
6 Raw Materials, Finished Ideals: Strategic Raw Materials and the Geopolitical Economy of U.S. Foreign Policy 101
7 Images and Roles Event Horizon: Restructuring a World View in the Soviet Union 127
8 Active Neutrality and the CSCE: Contributions and Challenges for European Security 155
9 The Bitter Neighborly Relationship: China and Japan Misunderstood 185
10 Equal Sovereignty and an African Statehood: Tragic Elements in the African Agenda in World Affairs 211
Conclusion 227
References 231
Index 261
About the Contributors 265
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