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Foreign Policy Decision Making (Revisited)by Richard C. Snyder
Synopses & Reviews
This classic work has helped shape the field of international relations and especially influenced scholars interested in how foreign policy is made. At a time when conventional wisdom and traditional approaches are being questioned, and when there is increased interest in the importance of process, the insights of Snyder, Bruck and Sapin have continuing and increased relevance. Prescient in its focus on the effects on foreign policy of individuals and their preconceptions, organizations and their procedures, and cultures and their values, Foreign Policy Decision-Making is of continued relevance for anyone seeking to understand the ways foreign policy is made. Their seminal framework is here complemented by two new chapters examining its influence on generations of scholars, the current state of the field, and areas for future research.
Book News Annotation:
The bulk of this work consists of a monograph first published in 1954 as by political scientists Snyder. The paper objected to the reification of the state by international relations theorists, arguing that analysis of foreign policy needs to be rooted in an understanding of the decision-maker acting in the name of the state. The "revisited" allusion of the title of this volume refers to two essays assessing the continuing relevance to international relations theory of Snyder's original paper. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This work on the developing field of international relations has been reissued and contains two new chapters examining its legacy and future implications.
About the Author
Richard C. Snyder taught political science at Northwestern University, University of California, Irvine, and Ohio State University.
Burton Sapin is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations at George Washington University.
Valerie M. Hudson is Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University. Derek H. Chollet is a Research Associate at The George Washington University.
James M. Goldgeier is the Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Table of Contents
Foreward--Burton Sapin * Introduction--Richard C. Snyder * Decision-Making as an Approach to th Study of International Politics--Richard C. Snyder, H.W. Bruck and Burton Sapin * Foreign Policy Decision Making as a Touchstone for International Relations Theory in the Twenty-first Century--Valerie M. Hudson * Whither Decision-Making Analysis--Derek Chollet and James M. Goldgeier
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