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U.S. Foreign Policy
The Paradox of World Power

Third Edition


July 2010 | 564 pages | CQ Press
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The United States still faces no credible rival to challenge its supremacy, even after years of economic crisis and war. And yet, the very sources that give rise to its primacy - exceptionalism, the diffusion of power, and the involvement of civil society in the foreign policy process - also create vulnerabilities.

The new third edition of U.S. Foreign Policy provides students with a concise and accessible overview of this foreign policy paradox, and highlights the challenges facing policy makers.

Key updates include complete coverage of President Obama's first year in office, the administration's new emphasis on engagement, the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the economic crisis. Students will also find a thorough review of the lessons of the Bush administration, including examinations of the rivalry between the State and Defense Departments, intelligence breakdowns, human rights controversies, and unilateralism.

Instructors will appreciate the chapter organization, crisp writing, pedagogical features, and overall brevity that they have come to expect from this bestseller.

 
PART ONE: THE SETTING OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
 
The United States in a Turbulent World
 
The Expansion of U.S. Power
 
Dynamics of Decision Making
 
PART TWO: INSIDE-OUT: GOVERNMENT SOURCES OF FOREIGN POLICY
 
Presidential Power
 
Congress Beyond the “Water’s Edge”
 
The Foreign Policy Bureaucracy
 
PART THREE: OUTSIDE-IN: EXTERNAL SOURCES OF FOREIGN POLICY
 
Public Opinion at Home and Abroad
 
The Impact of Mass Communications
 
Social Movements and Interest Groups
 
PART FOUR: POLICY DOMAINS
 
National Security and Defense Policy
 
Economic Statecraft
 
Transnational Policy Problems

The book is a little weak in information and cases comparing with the books that we are using.

Dr Georges Massé
International Affairs, The American University of Science and Technology
June 19, 2013

This is an excellent overview and analysis of American foreign policy. Considering that the majority of my students were American, they found this book engaging and interesting.

Dr Kamil Zwolski
Regent's American College London, Regent's College London
August 1, 2011

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Steven Wallace Hook

Steven W. Hook is professor of political science at Kent State University. In addition to this book, he is co-author of American Foreign Policy Since World War II (CQ Press, 2019, 21st ed., with John Spanier) and author of National Interest and Foreign Aid (Lynne Rienner, 1995). His edited books include U.S. Foreign Policy Today: American Renewal? (CQ Press, 2012, with James M. Scott), the Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy (Routledge Press, 2012, with Christopher M. Jones), and Democratic Peace in Theory and Practice (Kent State University Press, 2010). His journal articles have appeared in World Politics, International Studies... More About Author

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