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Enemies of the American Way: Identity and Presidential Foreign Policymaking

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Why do presidents, when facing the same circumstances, focus on different threats to national security? Enemies of the American Way attempts to answer this question by investigating the role of identity in presidential decision making.

The book explains why presidents disagree on what constitute a threat to the US security via the study of three US presidencies in the 19th century (Cleveland, Harrison and McKinley). These case studies help draw a theory of threat identification to understand how and why specific actions are taken, including the decision to wage war. Using a constructivist approach, the book develops a rule-based identity theory to posit that American identity defines potential national security threats, i.e., how a policymaker defines Americans also defines the threats to Americans.

Enemies of the American Way offers a new means of understanding a key period when America rose to prominence in international relations while proposing a template that can be used to explain American foreign policy today. It will appeal to students of international relations and foreign policy.

About the Author

David Bell Mislan is Assistant Professor in the U.S. Foreign Policy Program at American University's School of International Service.

Table of Contents

Introduction1.  Rule-Based Identity and Threat Identification    Rationalist Approaches to Explaining Threat Identification    Balance of Threat Theory and Threat Identification    Domestic Politics and Sectional Interests    A Social Identity Approach to Threat and Threat Identification    A Systematic Test of Four Hypotheses2.  Alternate Approaches to Explaining Threat Identification    Did Cleveland, Harrison, and Mckinley Identify Threats Differently?    Balance of Threat Explanation    Sectional Politics Explanation    Social Identity Explanation    Implications3. Grover Cleveland and Enemies of the American Way    The Person and Presidencies of Grover Cleveland    Cleveland's Threat-View    Cleveland's American Way    The Tie That Binds: Law-Abiding Americans and Law-Breaking Threats        4. Benjamin Harrison and Enemies of the American Way    The Person and Presidency of Benjamin Harrison    Harrison's Threat-View    Harrison's American Way        The Tie That Binds: Enviable Americans and Envious Foreigners        5. William Mckinley and Enemies of the American Way    The Person and Presidency of William Mckinley    Mckinley's Threat-View    Mckinley's American Way    The Tie That Binds: Enlightened Americans and Unenlightened Threats6. Identity and Threat in the Post-Cold War Era    Identity and Threat in the Post Cold-War Era    Identity and the Iraq Threat, 1989-2000    Theoretical and Practical ImplicationsBibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9781441110442
Author:
Mislan, David Bell
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » Political Science
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Reference » Science Reference » Philosophy of Science

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