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Problem Representation in Foreign Policy Decision-Making - Donald A. Sylvan

Problem Representation in Foreign Policy Decision-Making

By: Donald A. Sylvan (Editor), James F. Voss (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd March 2011
ISBN: 9780521169578
Number Of Pages: 358

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Previous studies of foreign policy decision making have largely focused on the choice among specified options rather than the prior question of how the options were specified in the first place. Such 'problem representation' is the focus of this volume. How do the game theorists' options and utilities come about? Concretely, for example, how and why in the Cuban missile crisis were blockade, air strike, and invasion chosen as options? To answer such questions, the editors contend the representation of the problem to which the options are a response, the determinants of that representation, and its ramifications must all be analyzed. The contributors to the volume consider these issues both conceptually and empirically, employing the methods of both international relations and political psychology.

"This volume is an excellent addition to the more advanced study of foreign policy analysis. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice

List of Contributorsp. vii
Introducing Problem Representation
Introductionp. 3
On the Representation of Problems: An Information-Processing Approach to Foreign Policy Decision Makingp. 8
Overarching Conceptual Issues
The Interpretation of Foreign Policy Events: A Cognitive Process Theoryp. 29
Problem Identification in Sequential Policy Decision Making: The Re-representation of Problemsp. 53
Collective Interpretations: How Problem Representations Aggregate in Foreign Policy Groupsp. 80
Image Change and Problem Representation after the Cold Warp. 116
Empirical Analysis
Problem Representations and Political Expertise: Evidence from "Think Aloud" Protocols of South African Elitep. 147
Reasoning and Problem Representation in Foreign Policy: Groups, Individuals, and Storiesp. 187
Representing Problem Representationp. 213
A Problem-Solving Perspective on Decision-Making Processes and Political Strategies in Committees: The Case of Controversial Supreme Court Justice Nomination Hearingsp. 249
When Gender Goes to Combat: The Impact of Representations in Collective Decision Makingp. 261
Representations of the Gulf Crisis as Derived from the U.S. Senate Debatep. 279
Configuring Issue Areas: Belgian and Dutch Representations of the Role of Foreign Assistance in Foreign Policyp. 303
Reflecting on the Study of Problem Representation: How Are We Studying It, and What Are We Learning?p. 333
Indexp. 343
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ISBN: 9780521169578
ISBN-10: 0521169577
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 2nd March 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.53

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