Category Archives: Notes on Lantis

Chapter 8: Grand Strategy

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Grand Strategy: the process which the presidential administration defines their interest and uses their resources towards those interest. Hegemony: all alliances and international organizations work for the purpose of the hegemon. to be a hegemon a state must have the  will and capacity to rule the international system. ex: the US after the end of … Continue reading Chapter 8: Grand Strategy

Lantis Chapter 7: Public Opinion and the Media

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According to most in academia, public opinion:  lacks knowledge/understanding about foreign affairs. does not care or has little interest in foreign affairs is very emotional and moody is insignificant since it is manipulated by state leaders However, according to the “Pretty Prudent Public”, public opinion is structured and stable not emotional but rather rational as … Continue reading Lantis Chapter 7: Public Opinion and the Media

Lantis Chapter 6: Interest Groups

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Interest Groups-their goal is to influence policy to get their interests met. Effective interest groups are well organized, have a large membership, and resources. Federalist Paper #10: James Madison stated that it was good to have lots of factions because this would prevent policy from being dominated by just one or a few . The … Continue reading Lantis Chapter 6: Interest Groups

Lantis Chapter 5: Bureaucracies

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Bureaucracies: executive branch organizations that influence US relations with the world. Characteristics: hierarchical, made up of thousands of professionals, follow SOP, and highly specialized. Theory of Bureaucratic Politics Rational Choice Model: the leader is a rational actor who does a cost-benefit analysis on the available options and chooses the optimal choice. Organizational Process Model: policy … Continue reading Lantis Chapter 5: Bureaucracies

Lantis Chapter 4: The President, Congress, and the Courts

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The President and the Executive Branch powers: ensure laws are executed, commander-in-chief of the Army and Navy, appoints ambassadors, and makes treaties. the president is the guardian of national security and hence holds the final authority over foreign policy. 3 management styles:  Formalistic, Competitive, and Collegial. Formalistic: emphasizes order and organization. Competitive: promotes different perspectives … Continue reading Lantis Chapter 4: The President, Congress, and the Courts

Chapter 2: The History of US Foreign Policy

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Lantis provides a brief history of US foreign policy from the founding of America up to the US entering WWII. 1775-1783  Revolutionary War/ Declaration of Independence seen as the first US foreign policy. Founded on the principles of democracy, equality, and self-determination, which would later be used as the guiding force in future foreign policies. … Continue reading Chapter 2: The History of US Foreign Policy

Chapter 1 : Introduction

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Foreign Policy described as the actions and strategies taken by govt. that shapes their relations with the rest of the world. Some foreign policy issues that states often deal with are : economy security borders environment Human Rights development Lantis argues that even though foreign policy is made by the President and Congress, common people … Continue reading Chapter 1 : Introduction