The Decision Point: Six Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy Decision Making

Paperback | August 15, 2012

byDavid Patrick Houghton

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Filling a gap in the U.S. foreign policy textbook market, this innovative introduction shows students how real American foreign policy makers make real decisions. Drawing on and summarizing a vast amount of literature, author David Patrick Houghton introduces students to three basic theoriesof decision-making. He then applies each of these perspectives to six well-known historical cases that range from classic to contemporary: the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Iran Hostage Crisis, the Kosovo War, and the Iraq War. Houghton uses the crucial "decisionpoints" of these events to give students a sense of what it is actually like to make high-level decisions. He also shows how the theories discussed in the book can be applied to these case studies. Featuring a direct, accessible writing style, coverage of recent advances in the field--including new psychological models like prospect theory and poliheuristic theory--and an affordable price, The Decision Point: Six Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy Decision Making serves as a perfect text orsupplement for courses in U.S. Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Decision-Making.

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Filling a gap in the U.S. foreign policy textbook market, this innovative introduction shows students how real American foreign policy makers make real decisions. Drawing on and summarizing a vast amount of literature, author David Patrick Houghton introduces students to three basic theoriesof decision-making. He then applies each of t...

David Patrick Houghton is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of three other books, including Political Psychology: Situations, Individuals, and Cases (2008) and U.S. Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis (2001) and numerous articles published in internationally known jo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePart I. Theories1. The Decision Point: An IntroductionThe Traditions of Foreign Policy Decision-MakingHomo Economicus or the Rational Actor Model (RAM)Three Alternatives to Homo EconomicusHomo BureaucraticusHomo SociologicusHomo PsychologicusLevels of AnalysisOutline of the Book2. Homo Bureaucraticus1. The Opening to China2. The Hainan Island Incident of 2001The Assumptions of Homo Bureaucraticus"Where You Stand Depends On Where You Sit"Organizational Culture: "The Way Things Are Done Around Here"3. Homo SociologicusExplaining the Iran-Contra FiascoThe Assumptions of Homo SociologicusFrom Homo Sociologicus to Homo Psychologicus4. Homo PsychologicusThe Mayaguez Raid: Why The Rush?"Bears To Honey": The Irresistible Pull of Analogical ReasoningThe Assumptions of Homo PsychologicusFrom Theories to Case StudiesPart II. Case Studies5. The Bay of Pigs: "How Could I Have Been So Stupid?"A Thorn or a Dagger?1. Homo Bureaucraticus2. Homo Sociologicus3. Homo PsychologicusAssessing the Three Approaches: Some Points to ConsiderConclusions6. To the Brink: The Cuban Missile CrisisRational Decision-Making?1. Homo Bureaucraticus2. Homo Sociologicus3. Homo PsychologicusAssessing the Three Perspectives7. An Agonizing Decision: Escalating the Vietnam WarWhy Did Johnson Escalate?1. Homo Bureaucraticus2. Homo Sociologicus3. Homo PsychologicusAssessing the Three Perspectives8. Disaster in the Desert: The Iran Hostage CrisisThe Hostages are TakenExplaining Carter's Decisions1. Homo Bureaucraticus2. Homo Sociologicus3. Homo PsychologicusAssessing the Three Perspectives9. NATO Intervenes: 78 Days Over KosovoThe Historical Background to the Conflict1. Homo Bureaucraticus2. Homo Sociologicus3. Homo PsychologicusAssessing the Three Perspectives10. Into Iraq: A War of ChoiceWhy Did the United States Decide to Invade Iraq?1. Homo Bureaucraticus2. Homo Sociologicus3. Homo PsychologicusAssessing the Three Perspectives11. Conclusions: A Personal ViewBibliographyIndex