The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy: Insights and Evidence / Edition 6

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The new edition of this leading reader for courses in American foreign policy offers students an up-to-date, highly accessible introduction to the broad array of domestic factors influencing U.S. policymakers. Editor James M. McCormick has carefully selected two dozen current insightful and sometimes controversial essays by a distinguished group of leading experts— scholars, journalists and public officials—including 11 new and 7 updated contributions.

In his introduction, McCormick evaluates the challenges facing U.S. foreign policy makers in recent years and assesses the Obama Administration’s successes and failures in its efforts to pursue a new direction in American foreign policy. The volume is then divided into three major parts with an opening essay by the editor to place each part in context and then a selection of 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, "Decision makers and Their Policymaking Positions," provides various case analyses over several administrations to illustrate how individuals and bureaucracies affect the foreign policy decision making at the highest levels of government.

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Editorial Reviews

Dorle Hellmuth
In keeping with the high standard of previous volumes, this sixth and thoroughly updated edition is yet another invaluable resource for students of U.S. foreign policy. First-rate contributions by policymakers and scholars offer complementary perspectives about the various societal, institutional, and individual factors that shape American foreign policy and drive decision-making processes. I highly recommend this book to both undergraduate and graduate students as well as anyone seeking to develop a comprehensive understanding of the domestic sources of American foreign policy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442209619
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Edition description: 6th Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 484
  • Sales rank: 437,464
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. McCormick is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Iowa State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy
Part I: The Societal Environment
Chapter 1: The Future of American Power: Dominance and Decline in Perspective (New to this edition)
Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Chapter 2: Think Again: American Decline (New to this edition)
Gideon Rachman
Chapter 3: The Tea Party, Populism, and the Domestic Culture of U.S. Foreign Policy (New to this edition)
Walter Russell Mead
Chapter 4: Ethnic Interest Groups in American Foreign Policy (New to this edition)
James M. McCormick
Chapter 5: The Israel Lobby
John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt
Chapter 6: American Veterans in Government and the Use of Force (From the 5th edition)
Peter D. Feaver and Christopher Gelpi
Chapter 7: Events, Elites, and American Public Support for Military Conflict
Adam J. Berinsky
Chapter 8: External Affairs and the Electoral Connection
Miroslav Nincic
Part II: The Institutional Setting
Chapter 9: Person and Office: Presidents, the Presidency, and Foreign Policy
Michael Nelson
Chapter 10: Presidents Who Initiate Wars
Louis Fisher
Chapter 11: How National Security Advisers See Their Role
I. M. (Mac) Destler
Chapter 12: The Shifting Pendulum of Power: Executive-Legislative Relations on American Foreign Policy
James M. Lindsay
Chapter 13: Leading Through Civilian Power
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Chapter 14: A Leaner and Meaner Defense
Gordon Adams and Matthew Leatherman
Chapter 15: Why Intelligence and Policymakers Clash (New to this edition)
Robert Jervis
Chapter 16: Intermestic Politics and Homeland Security (New to this edition)
Philip A. Russo and Patrick J. Haney
Chapter 17: American Trade Policy Making: A Unique Process (New to this edition)
I. M. (Mac) Destler
Part III: Decisionmakers and Their Policymaking Positions
Chapter 18: How Could Vietnam Happen? An Autopsy (From the 5th edition)
James C. Thomson, Jr.
Chapter 19: Policy Preferences and Bureaucratic Position: The Case of the American Hostage Rescue Mission (From the 5th edition)
Steve Smith
Chapter 20: Roles, Politics, and the Survival of the V-22 'sprey(Slight Updated from the 5th edition)
Christopher M. Jones
Chapter 21: NATO Expansion: The Anatomy of a Decision (From the 5th edition)
James M. Goldgeier
Chapter 22: Sources of Humanitarian Intervention: Beliefs, Information, and Advocacy in U.S. Decisions on Somalia and Bosnia (From the 5th edition)
Jon Western
Chapter 23: Last Stand (From the 5th edition)
Seymour M. Hersh
Chapter 24: Obama: The Consequentialist (New to this edition)
Ryan Lizza
About the Editors and Contributors

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