"At last! A text on the institutions and processes the United States uses to make foreign policy - accessible, clear, and complete. Stevenson focuses on what’s missing in the literature: how the organizations work, what they are like, and how they can be improved, illustrating how the policy sausage gets created and implemented by the world’s most powerful nation. America’s Foreign Policy Toolkit is essential reading for students, faculty, and anyone interested in working in the foreign policy arena."
Voters, pundits, and even officials who should know better would waste fewer words in naive recommendations for foreign policy if they really understood how the complex institutional process of decision and implementation creates, blocks, confuses, and channels possibilities. Yet there is remarkably little first-rate literature that explores these mysteries clearly and comprehensively. Charles Stevenson, drawing on an uncommonly appropriate mix of direct professional experience and analytical incisiveness, fills this gap admirably.
"America’s Foreign Policy Toolkit is innovative, practical, and written with incredible clarity, making it a most useful resource for practitioners and undergraduates alike. Stevenson goes beyond the mere theoretical framework of foreign policy decision-making to elucidate the basis of how decisions are made, taking the narrative to the next step - how those decision-makers actually carry out their policies."
It is amazing book on America's Foreign Policy. It is beneficial for the students who would like to have detailed analysis on foreign policy.
Unlike other textbooks in American foreign policy, Stevenson gives us fascinating and comprehensive view of American foreign policy decision-making and implementation. Not only does he picture how foreign policy is framed, controlled or even shared by two key institutions, the President and the Congress. He also elucidates how foreign policy is implemented and can be achieved by examing the nature and process of various kinds of intruments. This book is one of the most recommended materials for those who are interested in American foriegn policy.
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