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PS14-Outline Foreign Policy I. Learning Objectives A. To distinguish major determinants of foreign policy B. To compare and contrast the three decision-making models- rational, bureaucratic bargaining, and organizational process- typically used to analyze policy selection, and to describe their promise and their limitations in helping understand decisions and outcomes. C. To evaluate the role of individuals in policymaking II. Determinants of Foreign Policy A. Individual Level B. State Level 1. Geopolitics- A state’s location and physical terrain influence its foreign policy. 2. Military capabilities 3. Economic conditions 4. Types of government a. Constitutional democracies b. Autocratic regimes 5. History a. Example- USSR 1
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PS14-Outline C. Global Level- International context within which states operate 1. Polarity III. Rational Actor Model (Unitary Actor and Rational Decision Making) A. Rational Choice- decision-making procedures guided by careful definition of situations, weighing of goals, consideration of all
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