Foreign Policy, Inc. - 
      Lawrence Davidson

Foreign Policy, Inc.

Privatizing America's National Interest

Elected officials, and especially presidential candidates, increasingly are asked to define their relationships to special interest groups. Such special, or private, interests play a disproportionate role in politics and legislation, whether in the form of large commercial or ethnic lobbies or in the shadowy realm of backroom dealmaking. Les mer
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Elected officials, and especially presidential candidates, increasingly are asked to define their relationships to special interest groups. Such special, or private, interests play a disproportionate role in politics and legislation, whether in the form of large commercial or ethnic lobbies or in the shadowy realm of backroom dealmaking. In Foreign Policy, Inc.: Privatizing America's National Interest, Lawrence Davidson argues that widespread public disinterest in global affairs, a prevailing characteristic of American political culture, has given private interest groups a paramount influence over the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. These well-organized, well-funded groups affect all levels of government, disguising their own interests as vital national interests. Davidson draws from numerous historical examples, dating from America's founding to the present, to examine the causes and the serious consequences of Americans' apathy toward foreign policy. This unique historical analysis of our increasingly privatized system of government offers compelling evidence that the United States is a democracy not of individuals, but of competing and powerful private groups.
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Forlag: The University Press of Kentucky
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9780813125244
Format: 23 x 15 cm
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«A major contribution to our knowledge and understanding of one of the most important aspects of foreign policy, i.e. the historical role of domestic lobbies in the policy making process. - CHERYL A. RUBENBERG, author of Israel and the American National Interest»



















































Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1(4)




The Popular Disregard for Foreign Policy

5(18)




Formulating Foreign Policy in a Factocracy

23(30)




The Factocracy Diversifies

53(22)




Privatizing National Interest---the Cuba Lobby

75(22)




Privatizing National Interest---the Israel Lobby

97(30)




Is There a National Interest?

127(14)
Conclusion141(8)
Notes149(14)
Bibliography163(12)
Index175
Lawrence Davidson is professor of history at West Chester University. He is the author of numerous books, including Islamic Fundamentalism and America's Palestine.