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Cengage Advantage: American Foreign Policy and Process 6th Edition

James M. McCormick

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2010, 2005, 1998
  • 640 Pages


Offering detailed, up-to-the-minute coverage, AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND PROCESS, ADVANTAGE SERIES, 6e examines the differing approaches to U.S. foreign policy for presidential administrations during America's rise to globalism during the Cold War years, through Vietnam, and in today's post 9/11 world. It also explores how values and beliefs about foreign policy have changed over the course of U.S. history, illustrating how domestic factors affect the foreign policy decision-making process. Clear, succinct, and wholly accessible for students at various levels of interest in American foreign policy, the text provides a solid foundation in foreign policy as well as a ready resource for advanced students seeking to explore particular topics more fully. Through the author's analysis of original data and depiction of current events in the political arena, this text contains the most current coverage available to help students fully understand the American foreign policy process. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

James M. McCormick, Iowa State University

James M. McCormick is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Iowa State University. He has held positions at the University of New Mexico, Ohio University, the University of Toledo, and Texas A&M University. He received his B.A. from Aquinas College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. A former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (1986-1987), he worked in the office of Congressman Lee Hamilton of Indiana. He was co-editor of INTERNATIONAL STUDIES QUARTERLY (1999-2003) and currently sits on the editorial board of FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS. He served as president and vice-president of the Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association (2004-2006) and as vice president of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association (2008-2009). The author or editor of ten books including THE DOMESTIC SOURCES OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY: INSIGHTS AND EVIDENCE, Dr. McCormick has published more than sixty book chapters and articles in such journals as WORLD POLITICS, AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, THE JOURNAL OF POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES QUARTERLY, LEGISLATIVE STUDIES QUARTERLY, FOREIGN POLICY, and THE WASHINGTON QUARTERLY. He received the Iowa State University Foundation Award for Outstanding Research at Mid-Career in 1990, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to New Zealand in 1993, the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturer Award to the Philippines in 2003, Iowa State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Departmental Leadership in 2004, the 2010 Iowa State University Foundation International Service Award, and the 2011 Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Studies Association, Midwest. In addition, he has lectured widely on American foreign policy and international politics.
  • Completely up to date, AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND PROCESS, ADVANTAGE SERIES, 6e reflects the latest developments in the field, including coverage of the 2012 presidential election outcome and the potential impacts on U.S. foreign policy.
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  • Chapters 3, 4, 5, and 6 have been completely reorganized and realigned, providing more comprehensive coverage than ever. In addition, an entire chapter is devoted to providing full coverage of the Obama administration.
  • The Cold War is now covered in one concise Chapter 2, "America's Global Involvement and the Emergence of the Cold War".
  • New coverage explores the implications of Guantanamo Bay and the Arab Spring.
  • McCormick's AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND PROCESS, ADVANTAGE SERIES, 6e delivers integrated discussions of the evolution of U.S. foreign policy and the impact of American values and beliefs, providing special emphasis on the current decade.
  • Comprehensive and data driven, this insightful text offers an up-to-date assessment of the major domestic political actors and influences in the making of American foreign policy--including the presidency, Congress, various bureaucracies, political parties, interest groups, and the media.
  • Chapter 4 "The Return and End of the Cold Ware" includes coverage of the Reagan and Bush 1 administrations, while Chapter 5 "Foreign Policy After the Cold War and 9/11" covers the Clinton and Bush 2 administrations.
  • Special attention is given to the impact of the events of September 11, 2001.
  • Completely unbiased, the text provides a general overview of the perspective of the political parties while de-emphasizing views of individual candidates.
1. America's Traditions in Foreign Policy.
2. America's Global Involvement and the Emergence of the Cold War.
3. After the Missile Crisis and Vietnam War: Realism and Idealism in Foreign Policy.
4. The Return and End of the Cold War: The Reagan and Bush Administrations.
5. Foreign Policy After the Cold War and 9/11: The Clinton and Bush Administrations.
6. Change and Continuity in Foreign Policy: The Barack Obama Administration.
7. The President and the Making of Foreign Policy.
8. Congressional Prerogatives and the Making of Foreign Policy.
9. The Diplomatic and Economic Bureaucracies: Duplication or Specialization?
10. The Military and Intelligence Bureaucracies: Pervasive or Accountable?
11. Political Parties, Bipartisanship, and Interest Groups.
12. The Media, Public Opinion, and the Foreign Policy Process.
13. American Foreign Policy Values in the Future.

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  • ISBN-10: 128567328X
  • ISBN-13: 9781285673288
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  • ISBN-10: 1435462726
  • ISBN-13: 9781435462724
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"…the book has a solid approach to teaching the fundamentals of foreign policy and it provides a compelling framework through which students can approach the study of foreign policy."

"McCormick's book … provide[s] an appropriate amount of information about what political scientists and analysts debate over U.S. foreign policy now."

"…the book is very thorough on the policy making front. It gives a very good overview of the different foreign policy functions emanating from the branches of government."

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Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9781285064970
The Instructor's Manual/Test Bank has been thoroughly updated for the new edition and includes chapter outlines.

Online PowerPoint

ISBN: 9781285065342
The book-specific PowerPoint®slides outline each chapter of AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND PROCESS, ADVANTAGE SERIES, 6th edition. Featuring photos, figures, and tables from the text, these slides are a one-stop class preparation tool. The ability to add your own materials to these PowerPoint slides makes creating a powerful and personalized classroom or online presentation easy.