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Advances in Foreign Policy Analysis

Integrating Cognitive and Rational Theories of Foreign Policy Decision Making

The Polyheuristic Theory of Decision

Editors: Mintz, A. (Ed.)

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There are two dominant approaches to political decision making in general and foreign policy decision making in particular: rational choice and cognitive psychology. The essays here introduce and test the poliheuristic theory of decision making that integrates elements of both schools. The poliheuristic theory is able to account for the outcome and the process of decisions, and integrates across levels of analysis (individual, dyad, and group). The collection focuses on both elements of the theory itself and also looks at how the theory can be used to better understand political decisions that were made in the past.

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ALEX MINTZ is Director of the Foreign Policy Decision Making Program at Texas A & M University and is to edit the new Palgrave series on Foreign Policymaking.

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This crisp volume takes seriously both cognitive and rationalist ideas about how foreign policy decisions are made. Rather than just kickingthe tires, Mintz and colleagues provide an in depth analysis based on case studies as well as experimental analyses. This book deserves wide impact among those who study how actual decisions are made. Michael D. Ward, University of Washington


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Integrating Cognitive and Rational Theories of Foreign Policy Decision Making: A Poliheuristic Perspective

    Mintz, Alex

    Pages 1-9

  • The Decision Not to Use Force at Dien Bien Phu: A Poliheuristic Perspective

    DeRouen, Karl, Jr.

    Pages 11-28

  • Degrees of Difficulty: The Effect of Israeli Policy Shifts on Syrian Peace Decisions

    Astorino-Courtois, Allison (et al.)

    Pages 29-53

  • “No Other Choice”: Pakistan’s Decision to Test the Bomb

    Sathasivam, Kanishkan

    Pages 55-76

  • Framing and the Poliheuristic Theory of Decision: The United Fruit Company and the 1954 U.S.-Led Coup in Guatemala

    Taylor-Robinson, Michelle M. (et al.)

    Pages 77-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Integrating Cognitive and Rational Theories of Foreign Policy Decision Making
Book Subtitle
The Polyheuristic Theory of Decision
Editors
  • A. Mintz
Series Title
Advances in Foreign Policy Analysis
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-07848-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-07848-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-29409-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-63461-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 175
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