The New Foreign Policy: Power Seeking in a Globalized Era / Edition 2

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Overview

A third edition of this book is now available.

In this cogent text, Laura Neack argues that foreign policy making, in this uncertain era of globalization, global violence and American hegemony, revolves around power seeking and power maintenance. Now in a thoroughly revised and updated edition with concise, accessible chapters, the book reviews both old and new lessons on foreign policy making and behavior using a rich array of new and enduring case studies.

Following a levels-of-analysis organization, the author considers the many elements that influence foreign policy. Topics include realist theories on rational actors and the pursuit of national interests; studies of leaders' cognition, beliefs and learning; the relationships between leaders and autonomous governmental groups that influence foreign policy making; the shaping influence of national self-image and culture on government institutions and policies; the so-called democratic peace and how democratization may lead to war; the impact of domestic political debates and political opposition on foreign policy choices; the controversial roles of public opinion and the media; how great powers are expected to behave in foreign affairs and how non-great powers may find openings for foreign policy independence; and the impact of non-state actors on the foreign policies of states.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
This dense yet apprehensible volume is made more accessible via the use of extensive cases to clarify the practical application of scholarly tools. Brief outlines of the content of each chapter's main subject areas significantly enhance the book's utility. Recommended.
Juliet Kaarbo
Students find Neack's writing, with her use of many real-world examples, very interesting and accessible. The book's coverage of foreign policy scholarship is comprehensive and up-to-date and nicely introduces key theoretical ideas from foreign policy analysis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742556324
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/27/2008
  • Series: New Millennium Books in International Studies Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Neack is professor of political science at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: The New Foreign Policy
Chapter 2: Rational Actors and the National Interests
Chapter 3: Cognitive Misers and Distrusting Leaders
Chapter 4: Decision Units, Small Groups, and Bureaucratic Politics
Chapter 5: National Self-Image, Culture, and Domestic Institutions
Chapter 6: Domestic Politics
Chapter 7: Public Opinion and Media
Chapter 8: Great Powers
Chapter 9: The Other Powers
Chapter 10: Conclusion: A Nested Game with Many Players
Glossary

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