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Laura Neack is professor of political science at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She is the author of National, International, and Human Security: A Comparative Introduction, Second Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).
Chapter One: Studying Foreign Policy Comparatively
Chapter Two: Rational Actors and National Interests
Chapter Three: Cognition and Leadership Orientation
Chapter Four: Ultimate Decision Units
Chapter Five: National Culture, Roles, and Institutions
Chapter Six: Domestic Politics
Chapter Seven: Public Opinion and Media
Chapter Eight: International Relations Theories and Foreign Policy
Chapter Nine: Conclusion: An Intermestic Arena with Linkage Actors
Studying Foreign Policy Comparatively is the foreign policy textbook I have been looking for. It engages the literature in the field, it bridges the divide between international relations and comparative politics, it takes a comparative rather than an American politics–centric approach to foreign policy analysis, and it provides an actual framework of examples to help students to analyze foreign policy on their own.
— Matthew Morehouse, Adjunct Professor, Misericordia University
This is the best textbook I have found for a class on comparative foreign policy. It excellently integrates theory and case studies following the classis tridimensional factor (level of analysis) organization: individual, domestic, and international factors.
— Clemente Quinones, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Georgia Gwinnett College
Neack’s text represents an authoritative treatment of theories of foreign policy in comparative perspective. It captures cutting-edge theory and presents case studies and illustrations in a very engaging way. It represents a terrific blend of authority and accessibility on the state of the field—and of our complex world today.
— Jeffrey Lantis, Professor of Political Science, The College of Wooster
Studying Foreign Policy Comparatively is the perfect blend of theory and cases. Ideal for advanced undergraduates and entry-level graduate students, this text provides a sophisticated yet simple overview of the major theoretical areas of the subfield of foreign policy analysis with detailed examples of real-world, international cases.
— Amy Skonieczny, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University
- Levels of analysis approach with each chapter focusing on a distinct level, focusing first on individual decision making then world views, then on small group dynamics, through to the state level with a focus on national culture and roles, domestic politics, and public opinion and the media, and on to the international system level and debates between neorealists and neoliberals.
- Easy-to-understand explanation and demonstration of foreign policy models and theories that make scholarship approachable.
- Cases from around the world designed to extend students’ knowledge of foreign policy and prompt their own case analyses.
- Historical cases that explain continuing contemporary problems, such as the conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
- New cases that are current and urgent such as the refugee crisis in Europe and rising populism and anti-immigrant coalition governments, Russian use of media to influence the domestic politics and public opinion of other states, and China’s Belt and Road Initiative, among others.