The Politics of United States Foreign Policy / Edition 5

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Overview

Widely considered to be a definitive work on how U.S. foreign policy is made, THE POLITICS OF UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY uses three levels of analysis that demonstrate how government, society, and the historical-global environment all impact policymaking. Appropriate for those professors who want to teach a course that emphasizes process, the text blends substance, history, and theory in a lively narrative that is comprehensive, accessible, and informative. This new fifth edition is streamlined and updated and includes coverage of the 2008 elections, the new Congress, the global economic crisis, updates on the Iraq War, and the Obama administration's foreign policy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The detailed analysis of the institutional environment and policymaking process make this book superior to any other text on the market in this regard." —Matthew C. Zierler, Michigan State University.

"One clear strength of the book is the way it integrates theory with practice—not only by including chapter 10 but also by references to conceptual and theoretical material throughout the narrative. This makes the text useful for students because they can begin to make some of these connections for themselves and it enhances its use as a teaching tool." —John Creed, College of Charleston

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495797241
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/11/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 448,872
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerel A. Rosati is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of South Carolina. His area of specialization is the theory and practice of foreign policy, focusing on the U.S. policymaking process, bureaucratic politics and decision-making theory, and the political psychological study of political leaders and human cognition. He is the author and editor of five books and over seventy articles and chapters. The recipient of numerous outstanding teaching awards, Prof. Rosati has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist and/or a Visiting Scholar in Colombia at the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Armenia at the Institute of Democracy & Human Rights in Yerevan, Argentina at the University of San Andreas in Buenos Aires, at Somalia National University in Mogadishu, and at China's Foreign Affairs College in Beijing. He also served as a research associate in the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, president of the International Studies Association's Foreign Policy Analysis Section, and president of the Southern region of the International Studies Association. In 2002 he was the principal investigator, program director and academic director of a six-week U.S. Department of State Fulbright American Studies Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy for 18 scholars-practitioners from all over the world. In addition, he has been awarded and participated in a number of grants since 1984 as academic director, field director, and/or project director where he has taught-trained students, scholars, and practitioners from around the world, including Argentineans, Armenians, Bulgarians, Chinese, Colombians, Israelis and Palestinians, and Somalis.

James M. Scott is Herman Brown Chair and Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University. His areas of specialization include foreign policy analysis and international relations, with particular emphasis on U.S. foreign policymaking and the domestic sources of foreign policy. He is author or editor of seven books (including this one), and over 60 articles, book chapters, review essays, and other publications. He has been conference organizer and president of both the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association, and the Midwest region of the International Studies Association. He has also been a two-time winner of the Klingberg Award for Outstanding Faculty Paper at the ISA Midwest Annual Meeting. Since 1996 he has received over two dozen awards from students and peers for his outstanding teaching and research, including his institution's highest awards for scholarship (2000 and 2001), teaching (2002) and research mentoring (2002). He directed the Democracy Interdependence and World Politics Summer Research Program, a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, from 2005-2014, and he is currently an associate editor of FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS. In 2012, he received the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association - Midwest for outstanding scholarship and service.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Part I: INTRODUCTION. 1. The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy. 2. Historical Context and the Future of U.S. Global Power. Part II: GOVERNMENT AND THE POLICYMAKING PROCESS. 3. Presidential Power and Leadership. 4. The Bureaucracy, Presidential Management, and the National Security Council. 5. Understanding Bureaucracy: The State Department at Home and Abroad. 6. The Military Establishment. 7. The Intelligence Community. 8. The Foreign Economic Bureaucracy, the NEC, and State and Local Governments. 9. Decisionmaking Theory and Foreign Policy. 10. Congress and Interbranch Politics. Part III: THE SOCIETY AND DOMESTIC POLITICS. 11. The Public and Its Beliefs. 12. Electoral Politics. 13. Group Politics. 14. The Media and the Communications Process. Part IV: CONCLUSION. 15. Summarizing the Major Patterns, the Nature of Change, and the Future Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy. Index.

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