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1 Chapter 1: America’s Traditions in Foreign Policy James M. McCormick American Foreign Policy and Process Fifth Edition
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2 The Nature of Politics Values and beliefs are at the core of defining “politics.” A values approach is the beginning point for explaining foreign policy in this text. This approach stands in contrast to a rational actor, organizational process, or a bureaucratic approach to foreign policy analysis.
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3 Some Cautions with a Values Approach to Foreign Policy Analysis Other factors (personality traits of leaders, the bureaucratic environment, and the governmental process) impact foreign policy as well Agreement on key values may be problematic Dangers of excessive simplification of foreign policy by employing stereotyping or national character arguments
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4 The Rationale for a Values Approach to American Foreign Policy The United States was founded on a distinct set of values that continue to guide foreign policy Some changes in American values are important for understanding foreign policy The lack of a value consensus among elite and the public in recent decades invites this kind of analysis The recent calls for greater value discussion in foreign policy making also invite this kind of approach
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5 Societal Values: The Beginning Point for a Values Approach to Foreign Policy Some Cautions with this approach How are other sources of foreign policy left out? Whose societal values are analyzed with this approach? What are the perils of relying on the “national character” argument? Why the societal approach is appropriate to
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