Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology
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The Psychology of Foreign Policy

Authors: Pursiainen, Christer H., Forsberg, Tuomas

  • Provides an updated picture of the role of cognitive-psychological approaches
  • Contributes considerably to the current debates on foreign policy decision-making
  • Points out the achievements and promises of psychological approaches
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About this book

This book focuses on foreign policy decision-making from the viewpoint of psychology. Psychology is always present in human decision-making, constituted by its structural determinants but also playing its own agency-level constitutive and causal roles, and therefore it should be taken into account in any analysis of foreign policy decisions. The book analyses a wide variety of prominent psychological approaches, such as bounded rationality, prospect theory, belief systems, cognitive biases, emotions, personality theories and trust to the study of foreign policy, identifying their achievements and added value as well as their limitations from a comparative perspective. Understanding how leaders in world politics act requires us to consider recent advances in neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics. As a whole, the book aims at better integrating various psychological theories into the study of international relations and foreign policy analysis, as partial explanations themselves but also as facets of more comprehensive theories. It also discusses practical lessons that the psychological approaches offer since ignoring psychology can be costly: decision-makers need to be able reflect on their own decision-making process as well as the perspectives of the others. Paying attention to the psychological factors in international relations is necessary for better understanding the microfoundations upon  which such agency is based.

About the authors

Christer Pursiainen is Professor of Societal Security at the Arctic University of Norway (UiT) in Tromsø, Norway. 

Tuomas Forsberg is Director of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki and Professor of International Relations at Tampere University, Finland.


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eBook 93,08 €
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Psychology of Foreign Policy
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-79887-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-79887-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-79886-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 388
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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