The Political Economy of Grand Strategy

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Overview

A nation's grand strategy rarely serves the best interests of all its citizens. Instead, every strategic choice benefits some domestic groups at the expense of others. When groups with different interests separate into opposing coalitions, societal debates over foreign policy become polarized along party lines. Parties then select leaders who share the priorities of their principal electoral and financial backers. As a result, the overarching goals and guiding principles of grand strategy, as formulated at the highest levels of government, derive from domestic coalitional interests. In The Political Economy of Grand Strategy, Kevin Narizny develops these insights into a comprehensive theoretical framework for understanding the dynamics of security policy.

Narizny shows how domestic politics structured foreign policymaking in the United States and Great Britain from 1865 to 1941. He sheds light on long-standing debates over the revival of British imperialism, the rise of American expansionism, the creation of the League of Nations, American isolationism in the interwar period, British appeasement in the 1930s, and both countries' decisions to enter World War I and World War II.

About the Author:
Kevin Narizny is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University

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"Kevin Narizny makes a convincing case for the need to integrate security studies more fully into the mainstream of political science. The Political Economy of Grand Strategy is well written, carefully argued, and consistently insightful. It is must reading for those interested in the domestic determinants of grand strategy."—Michael Mastanduno, Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government, Dartmouth College

"Anyone who believes that 'politics stops at the water's edge' would be well advised to read this valuable account of how partisanship shapes grand strategy. Drawing on the history of American and British statecraft, Kevin Narizny helps us understand why changes in party control at home so often lead nations to redefine their interests abroad. In so doing, he reminds us how inherently political the 'national interest' really is."—Peter Trubowitz, University of Texas at Austin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801474309
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Cornell Studies in Security Affairs Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,217,311
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Theory     1
The Political Economy of the United States, 1865-1941     39
American Grand Strategy toward the Periphery     72
American Grand Strategy toward the Great Powers     113
The Political Economy of Great Britain, 1868-1939     159
British Grand Strategy toward the Periphery     190
British Grand Strategy toward the Great Powers     235
Conclusions     301
Index     323
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