American Foreign Policy and Political Ambition

ISBN-10: 1568028326
ISBN-13: 9781568028323
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
List price: $109.00
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Description: In his new core text, James L. Ray raises the bar for the study of American foreign policy, bringing original insight, crisper writing, andat lastthe most current theories to bear on the subject. Though he draws upon the realist, liberal, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $109.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 8/29/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 375
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

In his new core text, James L. Ray raises the bar for the study of American foreign policy, bringing original insight, crisper writing, andat lastthe most current theories to bear on the subject. Though he draws upon the realist, liberal, and radical perspectives, instead of relying on traditional axioms such as states seek power, or states seek security, Ray starts from the premise that the highest priority of leaders is to stay in power. Ray keenly observes that how leaders respond to their most important domestic constituents is the key to understanding why and how foreign policy decisions are made. In chapters detailing the history of American foreign policy, Ray shows how domestic pressures have shaped in stunning ways foreign policymaking from the birth of the nation, through expansion and annexation, and right up through the Bush administrations Iraq War. Then, covering the policymaking process, Ray analyzes how various parties inside and outside government influence decisionmaking, with detailed discussions of the role of the media, public opinion, interest groups, the various federal agencies, Congress, and the executive. Ray shows how the ongoing debates around domestic economic and social policieslike social security and Medicarehave always played a part in the process.

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