Good Judgment in Foreign Policy: Theory and Application / Edition 1

Good Judgment in Foreign Policy: Theory and Application / Edition 1

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Good Judgment in Foreign Policy: Theory and Application / Edition 1

Renshon (political science, City U. of New York) and Larson (political science, U. of California at Los Angeles) presents 12 essays that attempt to build a theory of good judgment in decision making that relies heavily on psychological concepts. After exploring the nature and constituent parts of good judgment, the theory is applied to case studies drawn from recent U.S. history. The article assessing the foreign policy performance of George W. Bush perhaps underscores the weakness of the application of this approach. It approvingly argues that Bush's policy goals are driven by "his very personal and strong emotional connection to" to United States as a country. The evidence for this seems to be that Bush says so and countervailing evidence of economic interests and institutional momentum is completely ignored. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742510074
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Part IThe Nature of Good Judgment
1Good Judgment in Foreign Policy: Social Psychological Perspectives3
2Psychological Sources of Good Judgment in Political Leaders: A Framework for Analysis25
Part IIThe Dynamics of Good Judgment: Appraisals and Images
3Appraising Good Judgment Before It Matters: Al Gore, George W. Bush, and the 2000 Presidential Campaign61
4Bad Guys and Bad Judgments103
Part IIIJudgments and Misjudgments in Foreign Policy Decisions
5Truman and the Berlin Blockade: The Role of Intuition and Experience in Good Foreign Policy Judgment127
6Perceiving the End of Threat: Ronald Reagan and the Gorbachev Revolution153
7Culture and Emotion as Obstacles to Good Judgment: The Case of Argentina's Invasion of the Falklands/Malvinas191
Part IVImproving the Quality of Judgment in foreign Policy Decision Making
8Policy Planning: Oxymoron or Sine Qua Non for U.S. Foreign Policy?219
9Why Foreign Policy (When It Comes to Judgment, at Least) Is Not Pornography247
10Analysis and Judgment in Policymaking259
Part VReflections on Good Judgment in a Dangerous World
11The World According to George W. Bush: Good Judgment or Cowboy Politics?271
12Politics, Uncertainty, and Values: Good Judgment in Context309
About the Contributors333

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