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Democracy and Foreign Policy : The Fallacy of Political Realism - Miroslav Nincic

Democracy and Foreign Policy

The Fallacy of Political Realism

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1992
ISBN: 9780231076685
Number Of Pages: 200
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Democracy and Foreign Policy: The Fallacy of Political Realism challenges the belief that liberal democracy is incompatible with a wise and effective foreign policy. Miroslav Nincic demonstrates that if any such incompatibility exists, it is rooted in the incentives of professional politicians rather than in the impulses that drive the public and its legislative representatives. When we look at the intersection of U.S. domestic political arrangements and the nation's foreign policy, our gaze is often misdirected by erroneous and often harmful assumptions about the appropriate domestic setting for the conduct of foreign affairs.
First, Nincic focuses on the effect of democratic practices and institutions on the efficacy and wisdom of international dealings, especially with rival nations. Nincic next examines the pursuit and consequences on some of the central aspects of our democracy, including the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches, civil liberties, and government openness.
A challenge to political realists' contention that democracy impedes the sound conduct of foreign policy, Democracy and Foreign Policy will be of particular interest to scholars and policymakers in international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and diplomatic history.

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"A thoughtful analysis of the nature of foreign policy and of the weakness of political realism as a guide to understanding foreign policy." -- "International Relations" "A thoughtful analysis of the nature of foreign policy and of the weakness of political realism as a guide to understanding foreign policy." -- International Relations "A thoughtful analysis of the nature of foreign policy and of the weakness of political realism as a guide to understanding foreign policy." -- "International Relations"

Acknowledgments
The Terms of the Debatep. 1
The Mentality of the Massesp. 25
The Conduct of Congressp. 57
Electoral Politics and the Water's Edgep. 90
Democracy and Deceptionp. 124
In Search of the National Interestp. 153
Notesp. 171
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780231076685
ISBN-10: 0231076681
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 31st March 1992
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44

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