Foreign‐Policy Decision‐Making

Douglas T. Stuart

in The Oxford Handbook of International Relations

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199219322
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:


 Foreign‐Policy Decision‐Making

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This article begins with some background information on the development of the subfield of foreign-policy decision-making, with a particular emphasis on why and how this subfield took root in the United States in the interwar period. It then surveys some of the important orienting statements by pioneers in the subfield of foreign-policy decision-making. Next, it focuses on the independent, intervening, and dependent variables that have received most of the scholarly attention over the last five decades. It concludes with some comments on the state of the subfield today, and the challenges and opportunities that are likely to confront students of foreign-policy decision-making during the next few years.

Keywords: international relations; foreign policy; decision-making; interwar period; subfield

Article.  7652 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations ; Political Methodology

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