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Defining the National Interest : Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy - Peter Trubowitz

Defining the National Interest

Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy

Paperback Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780226813035
Number Of Pages: 256

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The United States has been marked by a highly politicized and divisive history of foreign policy-making. Why do the nation's leaders find it so difficult to define the national interest?
Peter Trubowitz offers a new and compelling conception of American foreign policy and the domestic geopolitical forces that shape and animate it. Foreign policy conflict, he argues, is grounded in America's regional diversity. The uneven nature of America's integration into the world economy has made regionalism a potent force shaping fights over the national interest. As Trubowitz shows, politicians from different parts of the country have consistently sought to equate their region's interests with that of the nation. Domestic conflict over how to define the "national interest" is the result. Challenging dominant accounts of American foreign policy-making, "Defining the National Interest" exemplifies how interdisciplinary scholarship can yield a deeper understanding of the connections between domestic and international change in an era of globalization.

List of Tablesp. ix
List of Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Regional Conflict and Coalitions in the Making of American Foreign Policyp. 1
Sectional Conflict and the Great Debates of the 1890sp. 31
North-South Alliance and the Triumph of Internationalism in the 1930sp. 96
The Rise of the Sunbelt: America Resurgent in the 1980sp. 169
Geopolitics and Foreign Policyp. 235
Notesp. 247
Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9780226813035
ISBN-10: 0226813037
Series: American Politics & Political Economy S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.0  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.5