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Author Houghton, David Patrick.

Title A Citizen's Guide to American Foreign Policy : Tragic Choices and the Limits of Rationality
Published Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (168 pages)
Series Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs
Citizen guides to politics and public affairs.
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Foreword; Preface; 1 The Fiasco Factory: A Frank Drebin School of American Foreign Policy?; 2 Don't Know Much about History: What's the Difference between Iran and Iraq, Again?; 3 Republicans or Democrats, and Leadership in General: Does It Make a Difference?; 4 The Trouble with Congress; 5 Special Interests: How Special Are They?; 6 Making Foreign Policy by Image, Sound Bite, and Opinion Poll?; 7 See No Evil, Hear No Evil; 8 Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary American foreign policy often looks like a trail of man-made debris and disaster. Of course, the explanations for many poorly-made decisions are rather complex. In this brief and cogent analysis, Houghton shows us that understanding American foreign policy often comes down to recognizing the cognitive limitations of the decision-makers, which affects the foreign policy process. Then there is the nature of the decisions themselves. Quite a few decisions in American foreign policy involve 'tragic' choices, where leaders are effectively confronted with a series of progressively bad or uncomfor
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Form Electronic book
ISBN 1135015147