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American Foreign Policy and Process [Paperback]

James M. McCormick
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January 15, 2009 0495189812 978-0495189817 5
This comprehensive text examines the way foreign policy has changed from its earliest years through the post-9/11 years and beyond. It also looks at the ways values and beliefs about foreign policy have changed over the course of U.S. history and demonstrates how the values and beliefs of a variety of domestic factors affect the foreign policy decision-making process.

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"This text provides not only descriptions/explanations of policy and formulation but also extensive references to other materials and sources the student will find enlightening and helpful. The language is clear and specific, written at the proper level for the college student . . . it is an excellent text for the subject. . . . Given the quality of the Fourth edition, I have no doubt that the new edition will be very well-received."

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James M. McCormick is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Iowa State University. He has held positions at the University of New Mexico, Ohio University, the University of Toledo, and Texas A&M University. He received his B.A. from Aquinas College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. A former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (1986-1987), he worked in the office of Congressman Lee Hamilton of Indiana. He was co-editor of INTERNATIONAL STUDIES QUARTERLY (1999-2003) and currently sits on the editorial board of FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS. He served as president and vice-president of the Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association (2004-2006) and as vice president of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association (2008-2009). The author or editor of ten books including THE DOMESTIC SOURCES OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY: INSIGHTS AND EVIDENCE, Dr. McCormick has published more than sixty book chapters and articles in such journals as WORLD POLITICS, AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, THE JOURNAL OF POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES QUARTERLY, LEGISLATIVE STUDIES QUARTERLY, FOREIGN POLICY, and THE WASHINGTON QUARTERLY. He received the Iowa State University Foundation Award for Outstanding Research at Mid-Career in 1990, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to New Zealand in 1993, the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturer Award to the Philippines in 2003, Iowa State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Departmental Leadership in 2004, the 2010 Iowa State University Foundation International Service Award, and the 2011 Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Studies Association, Midwest. In addition, he has lectured widely on American foreign policy and international politics.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 5 edition (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495189812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495189817
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McCormick does a very good job of presenting the history of U.S. foreign policy in a very readible manner that shouldn't scare off a layperson to the discipline, but also provides a usable reference volume to the person who is read in the discipline as well.

This work gives a very good summation of the history of United States foreign policy, especially the ideologies involved and how they evolved over time as the U.S. sought to reconcile its growing global role following the War of 1812 with these very real ideological constraints. McCormick very effecively traces through the evolution of these ideologies over the course of two centuries.

Then, McCormick goes into a discussion of the process of policy making. He discusses the role of the president, the Congress, and the foreign policy bureacracies in the formulation of policy making. One important area of discussion is the rivalries amongst the varied executive bureaucracies, first and foremost that between the National Security Agency and the State Department. McCormick also summarizes two prominent theories regarding the impact of public opinion on foreign policy.

Overall, this is a very readable volume. It isn't going to scare away a reasonably educated lay person, however it also provides a useful reference for someone well read in this field. It also serves as an excellent introduction to the field for an undergraduate university student.
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3.0 out of 5 stars American Foreign April 11, 2010
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Not the best book by any means, but this is what the course required so I had to get it. The seller was great, timely and accrutate in his description of the book.
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