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Foreign Policy Analysis

Foreign Policy Analysis

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Foreign policy analysis
C. Alden
2790
137
2006
Undergraduate study in
Economics, Management,Finance and the Social Sciences
 
This guide was prepared for the University of London External Programme by:Dr Chris Alden, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Department forInternational Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science.This is one of a series of subject guides published by the University.We regret that dueto pressure of work the author is unable to enter into any correspondence relating to,or arising from, the guide. If you have any comments on this subject guide, favourableor unfavourable, please use the form at the back of this guide.This subject guide is for the use of University of London External students registered forprogrammes in the fields of Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences(as applicable).The programmes currently available in these subject areas are:Access routeDiploma in EconomicsDiplomas for GraduatesBScAccounting and FinanceBScAccounting with Law/Law with AccountingBSc Banking and FinanceBSc BusinessBSc Development and EconomicsBSc EconomicsBSc Economics and FinanceBSc (Economics) in Geography, Politics and International Relations, and SociologyBSc Economics and ManagementBSc Information Systems and ManagementBSc International RelationsBSc ManagementBSc Management with Law/Law with ManagementBSc Mathematics and EconomicsBSc PoliticsBSc Politics and International RelationsBSc Sociology.The External ProgrammePublications OfficeUniversity of LondonStewart House32 Russell SquareLondon WC1B 5DNUnited KingdomWeb site: www.londonexternal.ac.ukPublished by: University of London Press© University of London 2006 (E7883)Printed by: Central Printing Service, University of London, England
 
Contents
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Contents
Introduction i
Aim of the unit 1Learning outcomes 1The structure of this guide 1How to use this guide 2Hours of study 2The syllabus 3Reading advice 3The examination 5
Chapter 1: Foreign policy analysis: an overview 9
Essential reading 9Recommended reading 9Further reading 9Additional resources 9Aims and learning objectives 9Learning outcomes 9Introduction 9Realism: the state, national interest and foreign policy 10Behaviourism: the ‘minds of men’ and foreign policy decision making 11Bureaucratic politics and foreign policy 11Pluralism: linkage politics and foreign policy 12FPA and the study of International Relations 12A reminder of your learning outcomes 13Sample examination questions 13
Part 1: Decision making 15Chapter 2: Power, capability and instruments 17
Essential reading 17Recommended reading 17Further reading 17Additional resources 17Aims and learning objectives 17Learning outcomes 17Introduction 17Foreign policy and power 18Formulating foreign policy: the national interest and the balance of power 19Instruments of foreign policy 20Conclusion 22A reminder of your learning outcomes 22Sample examination questions 22
Chapter 3: Rational decision making 23
Essential reading 23Recommended reading 23Further reading 23Additional resources 23Aims and learning objectives 23Learning outcomes 23Introduction 23Rationality and foreign policy 24A critique of rational decision making 24Reconciling rational and non-rational approaches: bounded rationality, cybernetics and

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