Foreign Policy Motivation

A General Theory and a Case Study

Cottam presents brief but telling critiques of a number of widely recognized approaches to foreign policy motivation. . . . Cottam has successfully challenged some grossly oversimplified and potentially misleading assumptions that have been widely accepted and frequently acted upon virtually up to the present. Beyond this, he has also dealt successfully with several of the pernicious problems that must be confronted in the pursuit of a more developed general theory.
American Political Science Review

Foreign policy motivation is a complex mix reflecting the fears and aspirations of publics, interest groups, bureaucratic sets, and important individuals. International conflict cannot be resolved without resolving how foreign policy is motivated. This book presents a conceptual framework for identifying and weighing foreign policy motives that shape, direct, and alter foreign policy.

384 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

January, 1977

isbn : 9780822984573

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Richard W. Cottam

Richard W. Cottam was professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh.

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