Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy Insights and Evidence

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ISBN-13: 9781442209619

Edition: 6th 2012

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Description: 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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List price: $31.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 484
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Adam J. Berinsky is Associate Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1947 - Hillary Diane Rodham was born on October 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to Dorothy and Hugh Rodham. She grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois with her two younger brothers. As a child, she was a Girl Scout and a member of the local Methodist youth group. She attended Wellesley College, beginning in 1965, graduated with honors and enrolled in Yale Law School, which is where she met Bill Clinton. She served on the Board of Editors of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action. In 1973, she became a staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund. In 1974, she joined the Impeachment Inquiry staff of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House Representatives to work on the Watergate impeachment proceedings. She then left Washington to go to Arkansas, where she married Bill Clinton in 1975. They both taught on the law faculty of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. In 1980, their daughter Chelsea was born. Hillary was the first lady of Arkansas for twelve years and worked on behalf of children and families. Hillary chaired the Arkansas Education Standards Committee, founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, served on the board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital and introduced a pioneering program called Arkansas' Home Instruction Program for Preschool youth, which trains parents to work with their children in preschool preparedness and literacy. Hillary was named Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983 and Arkansas Mother of the Year in 1984. Hillary served as first lady of the United States for eight years, where she headed the Task Force on National Health Care Reform.

I. M. Destleris a professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. His previous books include the awardwinningAmerican Trade Politicsand (with Leslie Gelb and Anthony Lake)Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmaking of American Foreign Policy.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy
The Societal Environment
The Future of American Power: Dominance and Decline in Perspective
Think Again: American Decline
The Tea Party, Populism, and the Domestic Culture of U.S. Foreign Policy
Ethnic Interest Groups in American Foreign Policy
The Israel Lobby
American Veterans in Government and the Use of Force
Events, Elites, and American Public Support for Military Conflict
External Affairs and the Electoral Connection
The Institutional Setting
Person and Office: Presidents, the Presidency, and Foreign Policy
Presidents Who Initiate Wars
How National Security Advisers See Their Role
The Shifting Pendulum of Power: Executive-Legislative Relations on American Foreign Policy
Leading through Civilian Power
A Leaner and Meaner Defense
Why Intelligence and Policymakers Clash
Intermestic Politics and Homeland Security
American Trade Policymaking: A Unique Process
Decision-Makers and Their Policymaking Positions
How Could Vietnam Happen? An Autopsy
Policy Preferences and Bureaucratic Position: The Case of the American Hostage Rescue Mission
Roles, Politics, and the Survival of the V-22 Osprey
NATO Expansion: The Anatomy of a Decision
Sources of Humanitarian Intervention: Beliefs, Information, and Advocacy in U.S. Decisions on Somalia and Bosnia
Last Stand
Obama: The Consequentialist
Index
About the Editor and Contributors
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