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America's Identity, Democracy Promotion and National Interests: Beyond Realism, Beyond Idealism

Henry R. Nau

in American Democracy Promotion

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240975
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240973.003.0007
 America's Identity, Democracy Promotion and National Interests: Beyond Realism, Beyond Idealism

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What is the real influence of democracy on US foreign policy? This chapter argues that in order to assess this influence it is necessary to overcome the sharp dichotomy posed by realism and idealism. It proposes a new approach that takes into account a nation's domestic agenda and national identity as well as its external national interests. It examines under what kind of external circumstances a country's internal characteristics are likely to play a role in that country's foreign policy.

Keywords: democracy; domestic agenda; foreign policy; idealism; national identity; national interests; realism; USA

Chapter.  10648 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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