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American foreign policy is in severe crisis. The system and process are not working as they should. On one side we are beset by a seemingly uninformed policy, on the other by paralysis and gridlock. The sense is widespread that the American system of government is broken.

It is tempting to attribute our present foreign policy malaise to a single cause, such as Congress, the president, or the Iraq War. All of these bear some responsibility, but Howard J. Wiarda argues that the crisis goes far deeper. The problem derives from the kind of society we have become over a forty-year period: more divided, fragmented, and dysfunctional. It is a social, economic, and cultural divide as well as a political one.

What are the causes of these deep divisions and of the policymaking paralysis that they produce? Wiarda seeks answers by exploring the fragmentation of American political culture, foreign policy differences between the two major political parties, relations among the large foreign policy bureaucracies, and executive-legislative interactions. He also emphasizes the media’s role in polarizing the debate, the foreign policy role of Washington’s think tanks, and how social life in the nation’s capital both reflects and reinforces preexisting divisions. This book will appeal to students and scholars of foreign policy, political science, and international affairs, as well as anyone interested in improving the American government.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. Howard J. Wiarda
  3. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Introduction: Crisis and Calamity in American Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Models of Foreign Policymaking
  2. pp. 17-40
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  1. 3. Who Are We? American Political Culture in Transition
  2. pp. 41-68
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  1. 4. Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 69-98
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  1. 5. The Media and Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 99-124
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  1. 6. Interest Groups and Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 125-154
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  1. 7. Parties, Politics, and Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 155-178
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  1. 8. The New Powerhouses: Think Tanks and Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 179-210
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  1. 9. Washington Social Life and Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 211-230
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  1. 10. Congress: The Broken Branch
  2. pp. 231-256
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  1. 11. Bureaucratic Politics: Turf Battles Among Agencies
  2. pp. 257-280
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  1. 12. The National Security Council: At the Apex of the System
  2. pp. 281-296
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  1. 13. The Presidency and Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 297-324
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  1. 14. Conclusion: Broken Governement—Can It Be Fixed?
  2. pp. 325-334
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-348
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 349-350
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781597976367
Related ISBN
9781597972901
MARC Record
OCLC
966825507
Pages
362
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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