Ideologies of US Foreign Policy

From Pearl Harbour to the Present

By John Callaghan, Brendon O'Connor, Mark Phythian

© 2011 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

The current Bush administration has frequently been labelled one of the most ideologically driven administrations in recent American history, its Iraq policy often said to represent the triumph of ideology over sensible policy advice. The name almost always given to the ideology that has supposedly captured the foreign policy of the Bush administration is neoconservatism. Such claims treat both ideology and neoconservatism as highly pejorative terms, robbing this discourse of much of its analytical purchase. In this book we show that the ideological dimension of US foreign policy is an important and ever-present variable, adopting a modified version of Michael Freeden’s morphological approach to the study of ideologies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. FDR and Liberal Internationalism 3. Truman, Eisenhower and the Emergence of Realism 4. JFK, LBJ and the crisis of American liberalism 5. Nixon, Kissinger and Realpolitik 6. Carter, Reagan and American Values 7. Bush, Clinton and Post-Cold War Reorientations 8. George W. Bush and US Unilateralism

About the Authors

Professor John Callaghan, University of Salford

Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Professor Mark Phythian, University of Leicester

About the Series

Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy

This new series sets out to publish high quality works by leading and emerging scholars critically engaging with United States Foreign Policy. The series welcomes a variety of approaches to the subject and draws on scholarship from international relations, security studies, international political economy, foreign policy analysis and contemporary international history.

Subjects covered include the role of administrations and institutions, the media, think tanks, ideologues and intellectuals, elites, transnational corporations, public opinion, and pressure groups in shaping foreign policy, US relations with individual nations, with global regions and global institutions and America’s evolving strategic and military policies.

The series aims to provide a range of books – from individual research monographs and edited collections to textbooks and supplemental reading for scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and students.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General