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Other titles in the Princeton Studies in International History and Politics series:

Politics and Strategy Politics and Strategy: Partisan Ambition and American Statecraft Partisan Ambition and American Statecraft (Princeton Studies in International History and Politics)

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"Politics and Strategy is the best book on U.S. grand strategy to emerge in years. Trubowitz provides a simple and elegant model that accounts for U.S. strategic choices over centuries. Going beyond the tired isolationist-internationalist dichotomy, this book establishes a far more interesting and complex pattern of variation of U.S. grand strategies, exposing unexpected commonalities between the strategic aims of such unlikely bedfellows as Washington and Franklin Roosevelt, McKinley and G. W. Bush, or Hoover and Clinton. This is a signal contribution to scholarship with major implications for policy debates."--William Wohlforth, Dartmouth College

"Politics and Strategy is vintage Trubowitz. Large in intellectual ambition and empirical scope, elegantly sparse in theoretical formulation, and compelling in the evidence it presents, this book offers a deeply illuminating causal narrative of American foreign policy. The book's grasp of international relations theory is lucid, its in-depth engagement of American domestic politics is exemplary, and its practical policy implications are important. This book shines a brilliantly clear light on a subject too often shrouded in the depressing fog dispensed by pundits and blogs."--Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University

"Trubowitz places grand strategy at the critical intersection of political economy and security, where it belongs. His book is both a major addition to the positive theory of grand strategy and a novel reinterpretation of the history of American foreign policy."--Miles Kahler, University of California, San Diego

"Politics and Strategy is a great book. It offers a big-think synthesis of the two leading categories of theories assessing foreign policy: realism and domestic politics. It then applies that synthesis in a provocative, interesting, and plausible fashion to the history of U.S. foreign policy. Trubowitz does a superb job conceptualizing and defining grand strategies and his argument is compelling, elegant, and novel."--Jeffrey W. Legro, University of Virginia

Synopsis:

"Politics and Strategy is the best book on U.S. grand strategy to emerge in years. Trubowitz provides a simple and elegant model that accounts for U.S. strategic choices over centuries. Going beyond the tired isolationist-internationalist dichotomy, this book establishes a far more interesting and complex pattern of variation of U.S. grand strategies, exposing unexpected commonalities between the strategic aims of such unlikely bedfellows as Washington and Franklin Roosevelt, McKinley and G. W. Bush, or Hoover and Clinton. This is a signal contribution to scholarship with major implications for policy debates."--William Wohlforth, Dartmouth College

"Politics and Strategy is vintage Trubowitz. Large in intellectual ambition and empirical scope, elegantly sparse in theoretical formulation, and compelling in the evidence it presents, this book offers a deeply illuminating causal narrative of American foreign policy. The book's grasp of international relations theory is lucid, its in-depth engagement of American domestic politics is exemplary, and its practical policy implications are important. This book shines a brilliantly clear light on a subject too often shrouded in the depressing fog dispensed by pundits and blogs."--Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University

"Trubowitz places grand strategy at the critical intersection of political economy and security, where it belongs. His book is both a major addition to the positive theory of grand strategy and a novel reinterpretation of the history of American foreign policy."--Miles Kahler, University of California, San Diego

"Politics and Strategy is a great book. It offers a big-think synthesis of the two leading categories of theories assessing foreign policy: realism and domestic politics. It then applies that synthesis in a provocative, interesting, and plausible fashion to the history of U.S. foreign policy. Trubowitz does a superb job conceptualizing and defining grand strategies and his argument is compelling, elegant, and novel."--Jeffrey W. Legro, University of Virginia

Synopsis:

Why do some national leaders pursue ambitious grand strategies and adventuresome foreign policies while others do not? When do leaders boldly confront foreign threats and when are they less assertive? Politics and Strategy shows that grand strategies are Janus-faced: their formulation has as much to do with a leader's ability to govern at home as it does with maintaining the nation's security abroad. Drawing on the American political experience, Peter Trubowitz reveals how variations in domestic party politics and international power have led presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama to pursue strategies that differ widely in international ambition and cost. He considers why some presidents overreach in foreign affairs while others fail to do enough.

Trubowitz pushes the understanding of grand strategy beyond traditional approaches that stress only international forces or domestic interests. He provides insights into how past leaders responded to cross-pressures between geopolitics and party politics, and how similar issues continue to bedevil American statecraft today. He suggests that the trade-offs shaping American leaders' foreign policy choices are not unique--analogous trade-offs confront Chinese and Russian leaders as well.

Combining innovative theory and historical analysis, Politics and Strategy answers classic questions of statecraft and offers new ideas for thinking about grand strategies and the leaders who make them.

About the Author

Peter Trubowitz is professor of government at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of "Defining the National Interest".

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures xi

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter One: Introduction 1

Statesmen, Partisans, and Geopolitics The Two Faces of Grand Strategy 2

Statesmen as Strategic Politicians 4

Grand Strategy Past and Present 7

Chapter Two: Grand Strategy’s Microfoundations 9

Variations in Grand Strategy 9

A Model of Executive Choice 16

Determinants of Grand Strategy 31

Research Design and Outline 37

Chapter Three: Why States Appease Their Foes 44

The Appeasement Puzzle 44

George Washington and the Appeasement of Britain 46

Abraham Lincoln, Britain, and the Confederacy 55

Franklin Roosevelt, Hitler, and Appeasement, 1936-1939 64

Appeasement Reconsidered 74

Chapter Four: When States Expand 77

Theories of Expansionism 77

James Monroe, Republican Factionalism, and the Monroe Doctrine 79

William McKinley, Cuba, and the Threat of Domestic Populism 90

George W. Bush, September 11, and the Promise of Party Realignment 97

Expansionism: Necessity or Choice? 104

Chapter Five: Why States Underreach 106

Strategies of Restraint 107

Jacksonian Fissures and Martin Van Buren’s Strategic Adjustment 108

Herbert Hoover, Republican Sectarianism, and Strategic Retrenchment 114

Bill Clinton, the Democrats, and Selective Engagement 120

The Paradox of Strategic "Underextension" 127

Chapter Six: Conclusion 129

Statecraft’s Twin Engines American Balancing in Historical Perspective 130

Geopolitics and Partisan Politics: Managing Cross-Pressure 132

Secondary Powers and Nondemocracies 139

Barack Obama and Grand Strategy 145

References 151

Index 177

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691149585
Author:
Trubowitz, Peter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 line illus. 11 tables.
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 11 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "Politics and Strategy is the best book on U.S. grand strategy to emerge in years. Trubowitz provides a simple and elegant model that accounts for U.S. strategic choices over centuries. Going beyond the tired isolationist-internationalist dichotomy, this book establishes a far more interesting and complex pattern of variation of U.S. grand strategies, exposing unexpected commonalities between the strategic aims of such unlikely bedfellows as Washington and Franklin Roosevelt, McKinley and G. W. Bush, or Hoover and Clinton. This is a signal contribution to scholarship with major implications for policy debates."--William Wohlforth, Dartmouth College

"Politics and Strategy is vintage Trubowitz. Large in intellectual ambition and empirical scope, elegantly sparse in theoretical formulation, and compelling in the evidence it presents, this book offers a deeply illuminating causal narrative of American foreign policy. The book's grasp of international relations theory is lucid, its in-depth engagement of American domestic politics is exemplary, and its practical policy implications are important. This book shines a brilliantly clear light on a subject too often shrouded in the depressing fog dispensed by pundits and blogs."--Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University

"Trubowitz places grand strategy at the critical intersection of political economy and security, where it belongs. His book is both a major addition to the positive theory of grand strategy and a novel reinterpretation of the history of American foreign policy."--Miles Kahler, University of California, San Diego

"Politics and Strategy is a great book. It offers a big-think synthesis of the two leading categories of theories assessing foreign policy: realism and domestic politics. It then applies that synthesis in a provocative, interesting, and plausible fashion to the history of U.S. foreign policy. Trubowitz does a superb job conceptualizing and defining grand strategies and his argument is compelling, elegant, and novel."--Jeffrey W. Legro, University of Virginia

"Synopsis" by , Why do some national leaders pursue ambitious grand strategies and adventuresome foreign policies while others do not? When do leaders boldly confront foreign threats and when are they less assertive? Politics and Strategy shows that grand strategies are Janus-faced: their formulation has as much to do with a leader's ability to govern at home as it does with maintaining the nation's security abroad. Drawing on the American political experience, Peter Trubowitz reveals how variations in domestic party politics and international power have led presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama to pursue strategies that differ widely in international ambition and cost. He considers why some presidents overreach in foreign affairs while others fail to do enough.

Trubowitz pushes the understanding of grand strategy beyond traditional approaches that stress only international forces or domestic interests. He provides insights into how past leaders responded to cross-pressures between geopolitics and party politics, and how similar issues continue to bedevil American statecraft today. He suggests that the trade-offs shaping American leaders' foreign policy choices are not unique--analogous trade-offs confront Chinese and Russian leaders as well.

Combining innovative theory and historical analysis, Politics and Strategy answers classic questions of statecraft and offers new ideas for thinking about grand strategies and the leaders who make them.

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