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Foreign Policy

Theories, Actors, Cases

Third Edition

Edited by Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield, and Tim Dunne

August 2016

ISBN: 9780198708902

600 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

The only introduction to foreign policy to combine theories, actors and cases in one volume.



The only introduction to foreign policy to combine theories, actors and cases in one volume.

  • Shows the links between international relations theory, political science, and the development of foreign policy analysis, emphasising the key debates in the academic community.
  • A stellar line-up of contributors share their knowledge and expertise in their specialist areas
  • Presents both the theoretical and practical sides of foreign policy

New to this edition

  • A brand new chapter authored by Dr Caitlin Bryne on Public Diplomacy, an increasingly important part of transnational communication.
  • New coverage of social media in chapter 10 on The Media and Public Opinion
  • A new case study on Syria, examining the forms of intervention that have and have not been adopted by the international community

About the Author(s)

Edited by Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Relations, University of Exeter, Amelia Hadfield, Head of the Department of Politics, University of Surrey, and Tim Dunne, Executive Dean, The University of Queensland

Sir Steve Smith is Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Relations at the University of Exeter.

Amelia Hadfield is is Professor of European and International Relations, Head of the Department of Politics and Co-Director of the Centre for Britain and Europe at the University of Surrey

Tim Dunne is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland.

Table of Contents

    Section 1: Foreign Policy Analysis: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives
    Introduction, Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield and Tim Dunne
    Section 1: Foreign policy analysis; Theoretical and historical perspectives1:The history and evolution of foreign policy analysis, Valerie M. Hudson
    2:Realism and Foreign Policy, William C. Wohlforth
    3:Liberalism and Foreign Policy, Michael W. Doyle
    4:Constructivism and Foreign Policy, Trine Flockhart
    5:Discourse Analysis, post-structuralism, and Foreign Policy, Lene Hansen
    Section 2: Analysing foreign policy: Actors, context and goals
    6:Actors, structures and foreign policy analysis, Walter Carlsnaes
    7:Foreign policy decision making: Rational, psychological, and neurological models, Janice Gross Stein
    8:Implementation and behaviour, Elisabetta Brighi & Christopher Hill
    9:Public diplomacy, Caitlin Byrne
    10:The role of media and public opinion, Piers Robinson
    11:The primacy of national security, Brian C. Schmidt
    12:Economic statecraft, Michael Mastanduno
    13:Duties beyond borders, Michael Barnett
    Section 3: Foreign policy case studies
    14:The Cuban Missile Crisis, Graham Allison
    15:Canada and antipersonnel landmines: the case for human security as a foreign policy priority, Lloyd Axworthy
    16:Neoconservatism and the domestic sources of American foreign policy: the role of ideas in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Yuen Foong Khong
    17:China and the Tian'anmen Crisis of June 1989, Rosemary Foot
    18:India and the World Trade Organization, Amrita Narlikar
    19:Rising Brazil and South America, Arlene B. Tickner
    20:Australia and global climate change, Matt McDonald
    21:Israeli-Egyptian (in)security: The Yom Kippur War, Gareth Stansfield
    22:What kind of power? European Union enlargement and beyond, Lisbeth Aggestam
    23:Energy and foreign policy: EU-Russia energy dynamics, Amelia Hadfield
    24:The failure of diplomacy and protection in Syria, Karin Aggestam and Tim Dunne


Maintaining the gold standard in the teaching and study of foreign policy, this revised edition inter alia adds topical new material on the brutal Syrian conflict and the ever-growing public dimensions of foreign policy. History, theory and practice are expertly woven into this comprehensive and impressive book, featuring both leading and emerging scholars in the field. - Professor Geoffrey Wiseman, Australian National University

This is one of the very few efforts that creates a truly useful comparative basis for foreign policy analysis, both in terms of applying alternative theoretical perspectives and a rich array of cases across important states. - Professor Thomas J. Volgy, Professor of Political Science, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona

For the hard pressed student looking for a quality text dealing with a broad range of issues in the field of Foreign Policy Analysis there is none better than this tried and true - and now completely updated- volume. - Professor Michael Cox, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Director LSE IDEAS

With its remarkable combination of cutting-edge theoretical analysis and wide-ranging case studies, this volume is an outstanding resource for students, teachers, and researchers alike. Clearly written, accessible, and yet sophisticated, it provides an invaluable guide for addressing the challenges of foreign policy analysis in contemporary world politics. - Professor Michael C Williams, University of Ottawa

Additional Resources

This book is supported by an Online Resource Centre designed to help students take their learning further.
For students:
- Expand your reading with web links organized by chapter that point you to pertinent articles and useful websites.
- Test your understanding of key terms with the flashcard glossary.
- Explore the evolution of foreign policy analysis by following an interactive timeline

For lecturers:
- Use the adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations, or as hand-outs in class.
- Find out how to use case studies in your teaching with our guide to using case studies
- Use the simulation exercises to help your students explore negotiations and debates