The Reagan Doctrine : Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War's Last Chapter
Doctrines have been a prevalent form of foreign policy in U.S. history. This study seeks to explain their origins by examining the Reagan Doctrine, pledging aid to anticommunist guerillas in the Third World. Based on original research and interviews with numerous individuals in the Reagan administration, the author applies two alternative explanations: realist theory, focusing on the international level of analysis, and elite beliefs theory, focusing on individual political leaders and their beliefs. What he finds is that while each perspective is necessary to explain the Reagan Doctrine, neither is sufficient by itself.
- Hardback | 208 pages
- 157.48 x 238.76 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
- 25 May 1994
- Praeger Publishers Inc
- Westport, United States
About Mark P. Lagon
MARK P. LAGON is a Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and Adjunct Professor of Government at Georgetown University.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations Preface Explaining the Reagan Doctrines' Origins Power and Ideology in U.S. Foreign Policy Realist Imperatives and the Reagan Doctrine What Realism Does and Does Not Explain Elites and the Reagan Doctrine What Elite Beliefs Do and Do Not Explain Where American Doctrines Come From Arbiters of the National Interest Appendices Bibliography