Synopses & Reviews
As the field of political psychology has grown, so has the study of foreign policy behavior and motivation. This collection of essays offers the metaphor of drama to pull together the conceptual and behavioral elements of current concepts in the field. The volume uses a common political framework to examine the impact of perceptual changes resulting from the end of the Cold War on the organization and interpretation of international issues. Exploring trends in the superpowers, Europe, Africa and Asia, and examining issues ranging from security to political and human rights matters, the analyses point out a number of trends in policy and strategy that are associated with patterns of perceptual change.
In general these essays take a more pessimistic view of post-Cold War policy trends than one finds in the field at the moment. The articles examine the confusion and potential for continued international conflict that result from the end of the Cold War and they argue that cooperation in international politics in not an inevitable outcome of the new relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. They argue that there is much greater opportunity for new directions in conflict resolution but that without careful attention to the reformulation of perceptions and policy, those opportunities could be lost.
As the field of political psychology has grown, so has the study of foreign policy behavior and motivation. This collection of essays offers the metaphor of drama to pull together the conceptual and behavioral elements of current concepts in the field.
About the Author
CHIH-YU SHIH is Professor at National Taiwan University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Metaphor of Drama
Recent Developments in Political Psychology by Martha L. Cottam
Symbolic Interactionism and International Politics: Role Theory's Contribution to International Organization by Stephen Walker
Seeking Common Causal Maps: A Cognitive Approach to International Organization by Chih-yu Shih
Contending Dramas: Detente and International Organizational Processes by Chih-yu Shih
Contending Dramas in American Foreign Policy by Martha L. Cottam
Raw Materials, Finished Ideals: Strategic Raw Materials and the Geopolitical Economy of U.S. Foreign Policy by Ronnie Lipschutz
Images and Roles at an Event Horizon: Restructuring a World View in the Soviet Union by Sylvia Woodby
Active Neutrality and the CSCE: Contributions and Challenges for European Security by Janie Leatherman
The Bitter Neighborly Relationship: China and Japan Misunderstood by Chih-yu Shih
Equal Sovereignty and an African Statehood: Tragic Elements in the African Agenda in World Affairs by David L. Blaney