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Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective

Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective
Domestic and International Influences on State Behavior

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April 2012 | 392 pages | CQ Press

Widely regarded as the most comprehensive comparative foreign policy text, Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective has been completely updated in this much-anticipated second edition. The editors have brought together fifteen top scholars to highlight the importance of both internal and external forces in foreign policymaking. Exploring the foreign policies of thirteen nations—both major and emerging players, and representing all regions of the world—chapter authors link the study of international relations to domestic politics, while treating each nation according to individual histories and contemporary dilemmas.

The book's accessible theoretical framework is designed to enable comparative analysis, helping students discern patterns to understand why a state acts as it does in foreign affairs. Each of the thirteen country chapters includes: an introduction by the editors to highlight similar developments in other countries; a discussion of the linkages between internal and external factors and implications for the future; coverage of key foreign policy issues; a map to provide geographical context; and a list of suggested readings.

Juliet Kaarbo, Jeffrey S. Lantis, & Ryan K. Beasley
The Analysis of Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective
Brian White
British Foreign Policy
Adrian Treacher
French Foreign Policy
Sebastian Harnisch
German Foreign Policy
Mariya Omelicheva
Russian Foreign Policy
Zhiqun Zhu
Chinese Foreign Policy
Akitoshi Miyashita
Japanese Foreign Policy
Tinaz Pavri
Indian Foreign Policy
Binnur Ozkececi-Taner
Turkish Foreign Policy
Graeme A. M. Davies
Iranian Foreign Policy
Olufemi A. Babarinde & Stephen Wright
Nigerian Foreign Policy
Derick Becker
South African Foreign Policy
Tulla Vigevani and Gabriel Cepaluni
Brazilian Foreign Policy
Rita Giacalone
Venezuelan Foreign Policy
Ryan K. Beasley and Michael T. Snarr
Comparing Contemporary Foreign Policies

Excellent text, succinct and suitable for both IR and comparative politics approaches to FPA.

Dr Naveed Sheikh
SPIRE, Keele University
September 1, 2019

The book was purchased by my university as well as my students for the course of foreign policy and negotialtion

Professor Lere Amusan
Faculty of Human & Social Sciences, Univesity of North-West
December 13, 2014

This book will be an important addition to the library, and there are several reasons for that. The book has a great introductory part which lays out the basics of foreign policy analysis (definitions, main influences on foreign policy, the complex relationship between foreign policy analysis theories and theories of international relations). Second, this book manages to look at the basics of external and internal influences of 13 countries in a structured way. However, it would have been nice to retain the chapter on Israel as well (a chapter on Israel is included in the first edition of the book, but it has disappeared from the second edition). Third, with this book I can tell my students who would like to do research on foreign policy of one of the 13 countries that now there is a source which serves as a point of departure (defining main themes, key actors, and key sources) for further research. However, for the purpose of both courses that I will be teaching during the Spring semester 2012 on foreign policy issues, this book is best viewed as a supplementary material. I have informed our librarian that I would like to see 2 or 3 copies of this book in the library.

Dr Toms Rostoks
Department of Political Science, University of Latvia
December 30, 2012
Key features
New to this Edition
  • completely updated country chapters, including two new chapters on Turkey and Venezuela, further broadening the selection of countries covered; and new authors for many of the country chapters (Brazil, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, and South Africa) infusing a richer perspective from noted experts in the field;
  • comprehensive coverage of contemporary events and foreign policy responses, including responses to the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis, the global war on terror, and challenges to European integration;
  • the incorporation of newer approaches to the study of foreign policy, especially foreign policy analysis, in the introductory chapter, with clearer links back to the theories in each of the country-specific chapters. Each country chapter also features more discussion of the internal and external sources of foreign policy, while larger maps better orient students to geographical context; and
  • a completely rewritten concluding chapter helps improve the 'analytical grip' of the book.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

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