James M. McCormick
The seventh edition of this leading reader for courses in American foreign policy offers students an up-to-date, highly accessible introduction to the broad array of domestic factors influencing U.S. policymakers. James McCormick offers twenty-two carefully selected essays, more than half of which are new or revised. These current, insightful, and sometimes controversial essays are contributed by a distinguished group of scholars, journalists and public officials. The only reader to focus on domestic sources of American foreign policy, the book is organized into three thematic sections, each prefaced by a brief introduction written by the editor.
Part one assesses how society contributes to foreign policy, part two examines the role of various political institutions and bureaucracies, and part three presents case studies of foreign policymaking that highlight the role of individual and group decision makers. Featuring nine new chapters, this latest edition provides a detailed analysis of foreign policy from the Vietnam War through the end of the Obama administration.
Contributions by: Adam J. Berinsky, Joshua W. Busby, Ivo H. Daalder, I. M. (Mac) Destler, Colin Dueck, Robert Entman, Peter D. Feaver, Louis Fisher, Michèle A. Flournoy, Christopher Gelpi, James M. Goldgeier, Robert Jervis, Craig Kafura, Fred Kaplan, James M. Lindsay, John Mearsheimer, Jonathan Monten, Henry R. Nau, Michael Nelson, James P. Pfiffner, Dina Smeltz, Tony Smith, Jordan Tama, James C. Thomson Jr., Stephen Walt, and John Western.
Rising Powers and Foreign Policy Revisionism: Understanding BRICS Identity and Behavior through Time
Cameron G. Thies and Mark D. Nieman
In Rising Powers and Foreign Policy Revisionism, Cameron Thies and Mark Nieman examine the identity and behavior of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) over time in light of academic and policymaker concerns that rising powers may become more aggressive and conflict-prone. The authors develop a theoretical framework that encapsulates pressures for revisionism through the mechanism of competition and pressures for accommodation and assimilation through the mechanism of socialization. The identity and behavior of the BRICS should be a product of the push and pull of these two forces as mediated by their domestic foreign policy processes.
State identity is investigated qualitatively through the use of role theory and the identification of national role conceptions. Both economic and militarized conflict behavior are examined using Bayesian change-point modeling, which identifies structural breaks in time series data, revealing potential wholesale revision of foreign policy. Using this innovative approach to show that the behavior of rising powers is governed not simply by the structural dynamics of power but also by the roles that these rising powers define for themselves, they assert that this process will likely lead to a much more evolutionary approach to foreign policy and will not necessarily generate international conflict.
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