Puzzle Palaces and Foggy Bottom: U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy-Making in the 1990's

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Puzzle Palaces and Foggy Bottom: U. S. Foreign and Defense Policy-Making in the 1990s explores the actors and institutions involved in the formulation of foreign and defense policy. The book covers traditional inputs into the policy-making process - Congress and the president - and nontraditional inputs, such as public opinion, the media, and "think tanks." It provides a detailed examination of how issues get on the foreign policy agenda and how different parties maneuver to influence policy. The authors include ...
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Overview

Puzzle Palaces and Foggy Bottom: U. S. Foreign and Defense Policy-Making in the 1990s explores the actors and institutions involved in the formulation of foreign and defense policy. The book covers traditional inputs into the policy-making process - Congress and the president - and nontraditional inputs, such as public opinion, the media, and "think tanks." It provides a detailed examination of how issues get on the foreign policy agenda and how different parties maneuver to influence policy. The authors include case studies that show decision-making in a real world context. Discussion of such topics as the Iran-Contra affair and Operation Desert Storm shows the successes, failures, and weaknesses in the formulation and execution of policy initiatives. Economic policy, as well as defense policy, is extensively covered.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312086541
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Policy-Making in a Changing Environment 1
The International System 3
The Cold War World 5
The Post-Cold War World 11
Adjusting to Change 23
Ch. 2 The President and the Executive Branch 31
Formal Powers of the Presidency 32
Informal Powers of the Presidency 37
Styles of Presidential Decision-Making 40
Typology of the Presidential Personality 42
Ch. 3 The Role of Executive Agencies 72
The Defense Department (DOD) 74
The Intelligence Community 83
The State Department 90
The Economic Agencies 101
Ch. 4 The Legislative Branch 107
The Uniqueness of the American Congress 107
Congressional Procedures and Committees 109
Congressional Powers 112
Congress and the Politics of Trade 125
Congressional Activism in Foreign Policy-Making 140
Ch. 5 Coordinating the Players 146
The Politicization of U.S. Foreign Policy 146
The Interagency Process 149
Congressional Activism 155
Key Legislation Curbing Executive Powers 155
Ch. 6 Outside Influence I: Interest Groups and Think Tanks 179
Interest Groups 184
Policy Elites and Think Tanks 193
Ch. 7 The Influencers II: The Public and the Media 206
Difficulties in Applying Accountability 206
The Public 210
The Media 221
Ch. 8 Case Studies: FSX and Desert Storm 233
Case Study: The United States, Iraq, and Desert Storm 236
Case Study: The FSX Wrangle 247
Ch. 9 The Policy Process and the Future 262
Ethics Violence 262
Economic and Political Change 267
Structural Adaptation 271
Index 275
About the Authors 283
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