9780205644391

Essentials of U.S. Foreign Policy Making

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    9780205644391

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    0205644392

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/21/2014
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

Succinctly demonstrates the foreign policy making process
 

Essentials of U.S. Foreign Policy Making identifies the different actors who make U.S. foreign policy and how theories like realism, liberalism, idealism, and constructivism shape their actions in the post-9/11 era.  It describes the process by which foreign policy decisions are made and helps readers assess which stages of the foreign policy process favor which actors.

 

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Author Biography

Ralph G. Carter is a professor and former chair of the Political Science Department at Texas Christian University. In addition to over 40 journal articles and book chapters, he is the author, coauthor, or editor of IR, Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Terrorism to Trade, Choosing to Lead: Understanding Congressional Foreign Policy Entrepreneurs, Making American Foreign Policy, and the 44 Foreign Policy Analysis essay selections in The International Studies Encyclopedia.  He previously served the International Studies Association as a member of its Executive Committee, Governing Council, and as president of both the Foreign Policy Analysis Section and the Midwest Region. One of the inaugural editors of the journal Foreign Policy Analysis, in 2006 he was the recipient of the International Studies Association’s Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award.  In addition to numerous teaching awards, in 2012 Princeton Review named him one of The Best 300 Professors in the United States. He holds a PhD from The Ohio State University and an undergraduate degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

Table of Contents

In This Section:

I)  Brief Table of Contents

II) Detailed Table of Contents

 


I) Brief Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Foreign Policy-Making Process in the Post-9/11 Era

 

PART 1. FOREIGN POLICY INPUTS

Chapter 2. Interpretive Ideas: The Impact of Foreign Policy Theories

Chapter 3. The Context of Policy Making

 

PART 2. POLICY-MAKING PROCESSES

Chapter 4. Governmental Policy-Making Actors

Chapter 5. Individual and Small Group Decision Making

Chapter 6. Bureaucratic Politics and Policy Making

Chapter 7. Congressional Foreign Policy Making

Chapter 8. Pluralist Policy Processes and Societal Actors

Chapter 9. Pluralist Policy Making and International Actors

 

PART 3. POLICY OUTPUTS AND LOOKING AHEAD

Chapter 10. Foreign Policy Outputs

Chapter 11. The Future of American Foreign Policy Making

 


II) Detailed Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Foreign Policy-Making Process in the Post-9/11 Era

Questions to Consider

Introduction

How Is Foreign Policy Made, and By Whom?

The Plan of the Book

 

PART 1. FOREIGN POLICY INPUTS

 

Chapter 2. Interpretive Ideas: The Impact of Foreign Policy Theories

Questions to Consider

Introduction

Theories and International Politics

The Theories Applied: NATO Expansion

Conclusion: The Importance of Theories

 

Chapter 3. The Context of Policy Making

Questions to Consider

Introduction

The External Context

The Internal Context

Conclusion: Foreign Policy Priorities in the Current Context

 

PART 2. POLICY-MAKING PROCESSES

 

Chapter 4. Governmental Policy-Making Actors

Questions to Consider

Introduction

Executive Branch Actors

Congressional Actors

Judicial Actors

Conclusion: A Plethora of Governmental Actors

 

Chapter 5. Individual and Small Group Decision Making

Questions to Consider

Introduction

Small Group Decision Making

Conclusion

 

Chapter 6. Bureaucratic Politics and Policy Making

Questions to Consider

Introduction

Bureaucratic Motivations

Policy Making Phases

Issues and Organizational Roles

Bureaucratic Policy Making

Bureaucratic Advantages and Disadvantages

Conclusion

 

Chapter 7. Congressional Foreign Policy Making

Questions to Consider

Introduction

Who in Congress Makes Foreign Policy?

What Motivates MCs?

Processes of Congressional Influence

Congressional Foreign Policy Influence

Conclusion

 

Chapter 8. Pluralist Policy Processes and Societal Actors

Questions to Consider

Introduction

Pluralist Policy Processes

Societal Actors

Motivating Inputs

Influencing Foreign Policy

Conclusion

 

Chapter 9. Pluralist Policy Making and International Actors

Questions to Consider

Introduction

International Organizations

Non-Governmental Organizations

Individuals

Shaping Foreign Policy

Influencing Foreign Policy

Conclusion

 

PART 3. POLICY OUTPUTS AND LOOKING AHEAD

 

Chapter 10. Foreign Policy Outputs

Questions to Consider

Introduction

Hard Power

Soft Power

Smart Power

Conclusion: The State of the U.S. Foreign Policy Toolbox

 

Chapter 11. The Future of American Foreign Policy Making

Questions to Consider

Introduction

Policy Inputs

Policy Making Processes

Policy Outputs

Conclusion

 

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