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American Foreign Policy-page6 - The Domestic Context: Key...

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Congress Makes Policy Through - Resolutions and policy statements. - Legislative directives. - Legislative pressure. - Legislative restrictions/funding denials. - Informal advice. - Congressional oversight. In 1983, controversy over the rebels in Nicaragua. - Congress passed legislative actions to limit funding for governmental money used for non-legal help. Constraints on Legislative Branch. - Authority split between Senate and House. - Large number of members with diverse agendas (100+435). o The permanent campaign. o Represents constituents and special interests. o Acts slowly, if at all. Legislative Interests - Institutional interests. - Domestic interests: From “Buy American” to selling Hollywood to Military-Industrial Complex (Jentleson p. 56). - Party politics (partisanship). - Additional priorities: Pork barrel projects grandstanding (waste, fraud, etc).
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Unformatted text preview: The Domestic Context: Key Players outside the Executive and Legislative Branches. Interest Groups: -page 50 in Jentleson! Check it out, great table that talks about the Typology of Foreign Policy Interest Groups. News Media -The United States Press has covered various parts of historical events that involved foreign policy. -At times they have stretched the truth or not shared details to different stories. -The Media as Critic: The internet, Social Media and Wikileaks. -Twitter: People in Mexico have used Twitter to help navigate dangerous places in Mexco. Public Opinion Influences Foreign Policy -Parameter setting. -Centripetal pull toward center. -Impact on Congress. -Affect diplomatic negotiations. -Presidential elections....
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