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The Politics of United States Foreign Policy
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The Politics of United States Foreign Policy

Seventh Edition
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January 2020 | 544 pages | CQ Press
“This is a deep and well-thought out framework for studying U.S. foreign policy. Its focus on institutions and decision-making sets it apart from other texts, and its ability to help students think systematically and empirically is a major plus”

—Matthew Zierler, Michigan State University

What are the factors that shape and determine the foreign policy choices of the United States?

The Politics of United States Foreign Policy helps students consider the players, processes, and politics that drive U.S. decisions and involvement in foreign policy. James Scott and Jerel Rosati emphasize that society, government, and global forces have a role to play in the struggle over competing values when it comes to foreign policymaking. The book discusses historical patterns, the president’s ability to influence both at home and abroad, and the tension between democracy and national security. 

Now at CQ Press, the Seventh Edition has been updated to cover developments since the end of the Obama administration, the transition to the Trump administration, the challenges of changing international and domestic contexts, and the increasingly partisan political environment. The authors provide a comprehensive text that blends substance, theory, and stimulating analysis. 


 
PART I: INTRODUCTION: THE CONTEXT OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICYMAKING
 
Chapter 1: Understanding the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
Introduction: The Importance of Foreign Policy

 
Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy

 
Politics and Uncertainty in the Twenty-First Century

 
 
Chapter 2: The Global and Historical Context: Power, Role, and Politics on the World Stage
Introduction: The Global and Historical Context of the Contemporary Challenge

 
The Global Context: Patterns and Debates in U.S. Foreign Policy

 
Summary: The Global Context and the Challenge for U.S. Foreign Policy

 
 
PART II: GOVERNMENT AND THE POLICYMAKING PROCESS
 
Chapter 3: The President and White House Leadership
Introduction: The President and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy

 
The Paradox of Presidential Power

 
The Presidency: The Person and the Office

 
Leadership from the White House

 
The Paradox in Practice: Patterns and Performance

 
Summary: The Challenges of Presidential Leadership

 
 
Chapter 4: Understanding the Foreign Policy Bureaucracy: The State Department
Introduction: The Foreign Bureaucracy and the State Department

 
Understanding Bureaucracy

 
The State Department at Home and Abroad

 
The Foreign Service Subculture

 
Role and Influence: The Decline of the State

 
The Secretary of State

 
The Future?

 
 
Chapter 5: Understanding the Foreign Policy Bureaucracy: The Military Establishment
Introduction: The Department of Defense

 
The Nature of the Modern Military Establishment

 
Organizational Structure and Process

 
The Modern Military Subculture(s)

 
The DoD and the Use of Force

 
DoD and the Nature of the Modern Military Establishment

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 6: Understanding the Foreign Policy Bureaucracy: The Intelligence Community
The Purposes and Activities of Intelligence

 
The Major Intelligence Organizations

 
Patterns in the Intelligence Process

 
The CIA and Covert Operations

 
The Intelligence Community and U.S. Foreign Policymaking

 
 
Chapter 7: Understanding the Foreign Policy Bureaucracy: The Foreign Economic Bureaucracy
Organizing and Managing the Policy Process

 
The National Security Council System

 
The Evolving Nature and Role of the NSC System

 
The NSC System and Presidential Management in Perspective

 
 
Chapter 8: The National Security Council System: Presidential Management in Perspective
U.S. Foreign Economic Policy in Context

 
Relevant Governmental Agencies

 
Managing the Foreign Economic Bureaucracy

 
The National Economic Council and the High Policis of International Economics

 
The NEC and Foreign Economic Policymaking since the Clinton Administration

 
Foreign Economics and the Uncertain Future of Presidential Power

 
 
Chapter 9: Congress and Interbranch Politics
The Context of Congressional Foreign Policymaking

 
Historical Patterns of INterbranch Relations of Foreign Policy

 
Congress After the Cold War

 
Congressional Behavior in Four Policy Areas

 
Congress and the Politics of Foreign Policy

 
 
Chapter 10: Explaining the Politics and Processes of Foreign Policymaking
Context: The Policy-Making Process

 
Explaining Policy-Making

 
Patterns of Foreign Policy-Making

 
The Complex Reality of Policymaking

 
 
PART III: THE SOCIETY AND DOMESTIC POLITICS
 
Chapter 11: The Public, Public Opinion, and Foreign Policy
The Impact of Public Opinion

 
Understanding Public Opinion

 
Major Patterns in Public Opinion

 
Political Ideology and Foreign Policy Orientations

 
Political ulture and American National Style

 
Public Opinion and Foreign Policy-making

 
 
Chapter 12: Interest Groups and Foreign Policy
Contemporary Political Participation

 
Interest Groups and Social Movements: Origins and Development

 
Influence Strategies in Group Politics

 
The Evolution of Group Politics in U.S. Foreign Policy

 
Interest Group Politics after Vietnam

 
Interest Group Politics in the Future

 
 
Chapter 13: The Media and Foreign Policy
Conventional wisdom and Complex Reality

 
Understanding Sources and Coverage of the News

 
News and Foreign Policy since World War II

 
The Media and Foreign Policy Politics

 
Conclusions on the Media and Foreign Policy

 
 
PART IV: CONCLUSION
 
Chapter 14: Patterns, Processes, and Foreign Policymaking
Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II

 
Politics and Patterns

 
Leadership in U.S. Foreign Policy-Making

 
Conclusion: The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy-Making

 

Supplements

Instructor resources
Instructor Teaching Site (Password Protected)

Password-protected instructor resources include the following:
  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Instructors manual summarizes key concepts by chapter and provides engaging discussion questions and class activities
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • Tables and figures from the book are available for download.

“This is a deep and well-thought out framework for studying U.S. foreign policy. Its focus on institutions and decision-making sets it apart from other texts, and its ability to help students think systematically and empirically is a major plus”

Matthew Zierler
Michigan State University

“The best and most comprehensive overview on American foreign policy available”

Dennis Jett
Penn State University and Former U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique and Peru

“The most comprehensive and thorough overview available of the stakeholders, institutions, and dynamics that shape the politics of U.S. foreign policy.”

Renato Corbetta
University of Alabama at Birmingham

“One of the best foreign policy books available.”

Joseph M. Gardner
Gonzaga University

“This is an insightful and analytic introduction to United States foreign policy. And yet, the book is very readable. Students will be challenged to engage with the complexities of the policymaking process. This book will be eye opening for them.”

Juris Pupcenoks
Marist College
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • A thorough reworking of the narrative improves the structure and coherence of the overall text while maintaining its breadth and depth of coverage.

  • Complete and timely updates and their impact on the foreign policy agenda are included, integrating the end of the Obama administration, the transition to the Trump administration, the challenges of changing international and domestic contexts and the increasingly partisan and polarized political environment.

  • A streamlined analytical framework in Chapters 1 and 2 improves clarity and focus on the players, processes, and complicated politics of US foreign policymaking. 

  • New end-of-chapter Think About This problems improve student learning and offer opportunities for discussion in and outside of class.

  • New and updated figures, tables, maps, and other supporting material throughout deliver a more readable, better focused, and pedagogically helpful book. 

KEY FEATURES:

  • Discussions of what the United States has done, does, and might do help students evaluate the merits of one policy decision over another, while also examining how and why those choices are made.

  • Examples and historical context aid students in understanding the nature of the institutions involved, the dynamics of the process, and the larger themes addressed.

  • Theory and practice are integrated and discussed throughout the book.

  • International and foreign economic policymaking is addressed in a full chapter and integrated throughout the textbook.

  • Overviews and summaries are provided in the introduction and concluding section of each chapter. 

  • A Closer Look boxes consider important trends, key figures, and theoretical perspectives in more detail, including the pendulum effect, the role of the Vice President in foreign policy, foreign assistance and nation building, cyber threats and more! Each box includes a critical thinking question to spur analysis and discussion.

  • A Different Perspective boxes highlight significant controversies in foreign policy, including the gender and race discrimination in hiring and personnel systems, asymmetrical warfare, checks and balances in the intelligence community. Each box includes a critical thinking question to spur analysis and discussion.

  • Key terms have been streamlined and boldfaced in the text and listed at the end of each chapter under the headings Key Concepts and Other Key Terms, which divide the terms into those concerned with theory and those with practice.
 

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