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Foreign Policy Analysis By Jean-Frederic Morin

Foreign Policy Analysis by Jean-Frederic Morin

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Foreign Policy Analysis: A Toolbox by Jean-Frederic Morin

This book presents the evolution of the field of foreign policy analysis and explains the theories that have structured research in this area over the last 50 years. It provides the essentials of emerging theoretical trends, data and methodological pitfalls and major case-studies and is designed to be a key entry point for graduate students, upper-level undergraduates and scholars into the discipline. The volume features an eclectic panorama of different conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to foreign political analysis, focusing on different models of analysis such as two-level game analysis, bureaucratic politics, strategic culture, cybernetics, poliheuristic analysis, cognitive mapping, gender studies, groupthink and the systemic sources of foreign policy. The authors also clarify conceptual notions such as doctrines, ideologies and national interest, through the lenses of foreign policy analysis.

About Jean-Frederic Morin

Jean-Frederic Morin is Associate Professor at Laval University, Canada, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy.
Jonathan Paquin is Professor of Political Science at Laval University, Canada.

Table of Contents

1.What is Foreign Policy Analysis?
What is a Policy? When a Policy Becomes ForeignAn Array of Explanations The Levels of Analysis and the Evolution in FPAA Toolbox for Studying FPA

2. How to Identify and Assess a Foreign Policy?
The Goals of Foreign Policy--The Goals Communicated --Doctrine--National Interest--Deducing the Goals Pursued Mobilized Resources--Resources--The Power Paradox--Mobilization and ExploitationInstruments of Foreign Policy--Socialization--Coercion--Interventions--Event-Based DatabasesThe Process of Foreign Policy--Segmentation in Six Phases--A Linear, Cyclical or Chaotic ProcessThe Outcome of Foreign Policy--Measuring Effectiveness--Feedback Effects--Historical Institutionalism--Explaining EffectivenessFrom the Puzzle to the Theoretical Explanations--Theoretical Models

3. Do Decision-Makers Matter?
Emotions--From Psychobiography to Statistics--The Middle Way: Affective Dimensions--Typologies Combining the Affective DimensionsCognition--Cognitive Consistency--Operational Codes--Heuristic Shortcuts--Cognitive Mapping--Cognitive Complexity--Schema TheoryPerceptions--Misperception--Attribution Bias--Probabilities
4. What is the Influence of the Bureaucracy?
Management Styles--Defining Management Styles--The Most Appropriate Management StyleGroup Dynamics--Groupthink--Defining the PhenomenonThe Organizational Model--Organizational Strategies--The Effects of Standard Operating ProceduresThe Bureaucratic Model--One Game, Several Players--The Interactions between the Players--The Position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs--The Bureaucratic Model and Its Critics
5. To What Extent is Foreign Policy Shaped by Institutions?
Parliamentary and Electoral System--Presidential and Parliamentary Regimes--Parliamentarians and their Preferences--Political Cohabitation and CoalitionsThe Strong State and the Weak State--Determining the Relative Power of the State--The Power of the State and Its Foreign PolicyThe Democratic Peace Proposition--Observing the Democratic Peace--Defining the Variables of the Democratic Peace--The Peaceful Nature of Democracies--Explaining the Democratic Peace Through Norms--The Exchange of Information and CredibilityEconomic Liberalism--From Democracy to Free Trade--From Free Trade to Peace and Vice Versa--Critics of the Liberal Peace
6. How Influential Are the Social Actors?
Public Opinion--The Almond-Lippmann Consensus and Its Critics--The Structure of Public Opinion--The Influence of Public Opinion--Audience CostsThe Influence of Leaders on Public Opinion--The Rally Around the Flag--The Temptation of War as a Rallying LeverThe Media--The Media's Influence--How Leaders Influence the Media?--The CNN EffectThe Interest Groups--How Interest Groups Influence Foreign Policy?--Methodological Pitfalls--Case Studies and GeneralizationsThe Experts--Think Tanks--Epistemic Communities--The Experts' Predictions
7. How Does Rationality Apply to FPA and What Are Its Limitations?
Rational Choice--From Micro-Economics to Foreign Policy--The Substitutability of Foreign Policies--Rational DeterrenceModelling Rationality--Game Theory--Cybernetic Theory--The Two-Level GameRationality and Cognition--Prospect Theories--Poliheuristic Theory
8. What Part Does Culture Play in FPA?
Norms--Norm Compliance--Norm DiffusionNational Identities--The Self and the Other--Evolving Identities--Foreign Policy as Identity Affiliation--Social Identity TheoryNational Roles--Role Conception--Roles as Foreign Policy GuidesGender--Women, Femininity and Feminism--The Nation and the State in the Feminist Grammar--Foreign States and NationsOrganizational and Strategic Cultures--The Stability of Organizational Cultures--Interactions between Organizational Cultures--Strategic Culture--Strategic Cultures and PracticesDiscourse--Discourse as a Field of Interaction--The Methods of Discourse Analysis
9. Does the International Structure Explain Foreign Policy?
Structural Theories--The Structural Shift in International Relations--Limits and CriticismCan Structural Theories Inform Foreign Policy?--Structural Assumptions and State UnitsReconciling Agent and Structure--From Structure to Agent--From Agent to Structure
10. What are the Current Challenges to FPA?
Challenge 1: Beyond EclecticismChallenge 2: Beyond the American FrameworkChallenge 3: Beyond the State-Centric PrismChallenge 4: Beyond the Ivory Tower

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