Analyzing Foreign Policy

ISBN-10: 0230237398

ISBN-13: 9780230237391

Edition: 2012

Authors: Derek Beach

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 2/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Derek Beach is in the Department of Political Science at University of Aarhus.

List of Illustrative Material
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Analyzing Foreign Policy
Defining 'foreign policy'
What is the analysis of foreign policy?
What is theory?
A theoretical toolbox for the study of foreign policy
The assumptions and core arguments of the theoretical tools
What States Want
System-Level Factors
Structural realism: the survival of egoistic states in an anarchic world
Liberalism: institutions and interdependence creates a new context for states
Constructivism: different cultures of anarchy, national interests and identity
Domestic Factors
Neoclassical realism: anarchy with a domestic face
Liberalism: opening up the black box
Social constructivism at the state level: interest and identity construction
Decision-Making
Understanding the Choice Situation
The Rational Actor Model (RAM)
Cognitive theories: a more realistic understanding of the collection and processing of information
Making Choices
Cognitive and social-psychological theories of decision-making
The politics of choice: foreign policy decisions as the product of political battles
What States Do
Security Policies
War and security foreign policies
Why states prefer certain military/strategic options over others: the role of strategic culture
Preventing war: creating stable balances of power
Preventing war: deterrence and coercive diplomacy
Preventing war: strong liberal theories on transformations due to democracy and interdependence
Conflict resolution and the termination of international conflicts
Diplomacy
Negotiations as a form of diplomacy
Two-level games
Negotiations and culture
Economic Foreign Policies
Trade policies
Economic sanctions and aid: the sticks and carrots of economic statecraft
Foreign developmental aid
A Transformation of State Foreign Policy-Making?
Globalization and the end of the state-centric world?
Foreign policy-making beyond the state?
Analyzing Foreign Policy: Research Strategies and Methods
Choosing research questions
Choosing an appropriate research strategy
Deductive, theory-testing research designs
Inductive, theory-building research designs
The methodology of post-structuralist foreign policy analysis: a brief guide
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index
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