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U.S. Foreign Policy
The Paradox of World Power

Sixth Edition
Experience with SAGE edge


320 pages | CQ Press
The same aspects of American government and society that propelled the United States to global primacy have also hampered its orderly and successful conduct of foreign policy. This paradox challenges U.S. leaders to overcome threats to America's world power in the face of fast-moving global developments and political upheavals at home.

The sixth edition highlights global and domestic shifts in the balance of power that affect U.S. foreign policy. Internationally, it addresses topics such as rapid developments in the global economy, the revival of great-power rivalry, and the growing influence of non-state actors. Domestic coverage includes trends in the U.S. economy, political polarization, bureaucratic rivalries, and the effects of social media as a primary venue for news. The most pressing question is whether U.S. foreign policymakers can manage these dynamics in a manner that preserves U.S. primacy.
 
FIGURES, MAPS, TABLES, AND BOXES
 
PREFACE
 
PART I: THE SETTING OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
 
1. The United States in a Turbulent World
Snapshot: America's World Power  
Challenges to U.S. Primacy  
The Paradox of America's World Power  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
2. The Expansion of U.S. Power
Economic and Territorial Expansion  
Fighting Two World Wars  
Global Primacy  
New Challenges after the Cold War  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
3. Dynamics of Decision Making
The Global Context: Rival Perspectives  
Opening the "Black Box" of Domestic Politics  
The Impact of Civil Society  
Coping with Bureaucratic Politics  
The Human Factor  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
PART II: INSIDE-OUT: GOVERNMENT SOURCES OF FOREIGN POLICY
 
4. Presidential Power
The Constitution's Mixed Blessing  
Presidential Prerogative in the "Zone of Twilight"  
Structures of the Presidential Branch  
Judicial Interventions in Foreign Policy  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
5. Congress beyond the "Water's Edge"
Trends in Legislative-Executive Relations  
Constraints on Congressional Action  
Legislating Foreign Policy  
War Powers and the Use of Force  
The Power of the Purse  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
6. The Foreign Policy Bureaucracy
Agency Dysfunctions and the Paradox of World Power  
The Diplomatic Complex  
The Security Complex  
The Intelligence Complex  
The Economic Complex  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
PART III: OUTSIDE-IN: EXTERNAL SOURCES OF FOREIGN POLICY
 
7. Public Opinion at Home and Abroad
Democracy and the Paradox of World Power  
Public Opinion since World War II  
Group Identities and Foreign Policy Views  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
8. The Impact of Mass Communications
Functions of the News Media  
Patterns of Foreign New Coverage  
Government Efforts to Control the Message  
The Social Media Revolution  
Online News and Views from Overseas  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
9. Social Movements and Interest Groups
Group Action and the Paradox Dynamics of Social Movements  
Types of Foreign Policy NGOs  
Group Strategies and Tactics  
Buying Power: The Corporate Connection  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
PART IV: POLICY DOMAINS
 
10. National Security and Defense Policy
The Foundation of Strategy  
Justifying the Use of Force  
The Nuclear Shadow  
Waging War on Terror  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
11. Economic Statecraft
Models of Political Economy  
The Balance of Economic Power  
Trade Policy as a "Two-Level Game"  
National Interests and Foreign Aid  
Economic Sanctions as a Policy Tool  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
12. Transnational Policy Problems
Managing the Global Commons  
The Immigration Debate  
The Dangers of Weapons Proliferation  
Promoting Human Rights and Democracy  
Conclusion  
Key Terms  
Internet References  
 
APPENDIX A: U.S. ADMINISTRATIONS SINCE WORLD WAR II
 
APPENDIX B: THE WAR PWOERS RESOLUTION OF 1973
 
GLOSSARY
 
REFERENCES
 
AUTHOR CITATIONS AND INDEX
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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