The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy: Insights and Evidence / Edition 5

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The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy: Insights and Evidence is a collection of current readings on how the domestic environment impacts American foreign policy today. The reader begins with an introduction focusing on why and how the domestic setting affects U.S. foreign policy. The volume is then divided into three major parts with an opening essay by the editors to place that part in context and then eight essays that analyzes the topic in that part in more detail. Part I, "The Societal Environment," contains a series of articles on the position of interest groups, the impact of military experience, the effect of public opinion, and the role of elections and political parties on foreign policy. Part II, "The Institutional Setting," examines how various political institutions, such as Congress, the presidency, and various bureaucracies (e.g., the National Security Council, the intelligence community) shape American foreign policy. Part III, "Decisionmakers and Their Policymaking Positions," provides various case analyses over several administrations to illustrate how individuals and bureaucracies affect the foreign policy decisionmaking at the highest levels of government.

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Editorial Reviews

Ole R. Holsti
Because the aphorism that "politics stops at the water's edge" has rarely if ever been an accurate description of American foreign policy-making, it is always important to understand the domestic political processes that drive policy. In the fifth of a distinguished series of volumes, Eugene Wiffkopf and James McCormick present two dozen insightful and sometimes controversial essays on the societal, institutional, and individual sources of U.S. foreign policy. Their fine introductory essay brings the analysis up to 2007, thus including the results of the 2006 congressional elections that many viewed as a stinging repudiation of policy in Iraq.
Ryan C. Hendrickson
This updated and accessible volume is ideal for students in American foreign policy. Its three parts, which include chapters on the societal context of U.S. foreign policy, evaluations of new and old institutions in shaping policy decisions, and essays on the decision making process provide an ideal set of essays that are both broad in coverage and provocative. I recommend this book enthusiastically.
Andrew Bennett
This latest edition includes many new and revised essays on the politics, institutions, and individuals behind American foreign policy. The focus on examples of how political processes shape important U.S. policies nicely complements texts that emphasize theoretical models or specific policy debates regarding U.S. foreign policy. The well-chosen essays by leading experts cover both recent and classic issues, including the conflict in Iraq, the Vietnam War, bureaucratic politics, War Powers, trade, defense procurement, and the roles of the Presidency, executive branch departments, interest groups, and the Congress. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand how U.S. foreign policy is made.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742547407
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 931,711
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Eugene R. Wittkopf received his doctorate from Syracuse University. He previously was the R. Downs Poindexter Endowed Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University. He earlier held appointments at the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More recently, Wittkopf authored the Faces of Internationalism: Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy (1990); coauthored, with Charles W. Kegley Jr., of World Politics: Trend and Transformation (9th ed., 2004) and coauthored, with Christopher M. Jones and Charles W. Kegley, Jr., the forthcoming American Foreign Policy: Pattern and Process (7th ed., 2008); and coedited, with Christopher M. Jones, The Future of American Foreign Policy (1999). In 1997 he was named the LSU Distinguished Research Master of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and in 2002 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association. James M. McCormick is professor and chair of the department of political science at Iowa State University. He has also held positions at the University of New Mexico, Ohio University, the University of Toledo, and Texas A& M University. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 1986-1987. McCormick is the author of American Foreign Policy and Process (4th ed., 2005) and editor of A Reader in American Foreign Policy (1986). He has also published numerous articles and chapters on foreign policy and international politics in such journals as World Politics, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He was recipient of the Iowa State University Foundation Award for Outstanding Research at Mid-Career in 1990, a Fulbright Senior Award to New Zealand in 1993, and the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturer Award to the

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Table of Contents

Part 1 The Societal Environment Chapter 2 Soft Power and American Foreign Policy Chapter 3 Why Don't They Like Us? How America has Become the Object of Much of the Planet's Genuine Grievances and Displaced Discontent Chapter 4 The Benefits of Goliath Chapter 5 Intermestic Interests and U.S. Policy Towards Cuba Chapter 6 The Israel Lobby Chapter 7 American Veterans in Government and the Use of Force Chapter 8 The Iraq Syndrome Chapter 9 External Affairs and the Electoral Connection Part 10 The Institutional Setting Chapter 11 Person and Office: Presidents, the Presidency, and Foreign Policy Chapter 12 Costly Presidential Wars Chapter 13 How National Security Advisors See their Role Chapter 15 The Craft of Diplomacy Chapter 16 The Struggle to Transform the Military Chapter 17 Intelligence, Policy, and the War in Iraq Chapter 18 The Homland Security Bureaucracy Chapter 19 Triumph of Globalism: American Trade Politics Part 20 Decisionmakers and Their Policymaking Positions Chapter 21 How Could Vietnam Happen? An Autopsy Chapter 23 Roles, Politics, and the Survival of the V-22 'sprey Chapter 23 Sources of Humanitarian Interventions: Beliefs, Information, and Advocacy in U.S. Decisions on Somalia and Bosnia Chapter 24 NATO Expansion: The Anatomy of a Decision Chapter 26 The Shifting Pendulum of Power: Executive-Legislative Relations on American Foreign Policy Chapter 26 Last Stand Chapter 27 Policy Preferences and Bureaucratic Position: The Case of the American Hostage Rescue Mission Chapter 27 Assessing the Personality of George W. Bush

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