Foreign Policy

Theories, Actors, Cases

Third Edition

Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield, Tim Dunne

Foreign Policy

Theories, Actors, Cases

Third Edition

Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield, Tim Dunne






29 Aug 2016




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This ground breaking text provides the ideal introduction to the ever-changing field of foreign policy. With a unique combination of theories, actors and cases in a single volume, the expert contributors provide students with a valuable and accessible introduction to what foreign policy is and how it is conducted. With an emphasis throughout on grounding theory in empirical examples, the textbook features a section dedicated to relevant and topical case studies where foreign policy analysis approaches and theories are applied.

The expert team of contributors clearly conveys the connection between international relations theory, political science, and the development of foreign policy analysis, emphasizing the key debates in the academic community.


  • A brand new chapter authored by Dr Caitlin Bryne on Public Diplomacy, an increasingly important part of transnational communication.
  • New coverage of social media in chapter 10 on The Media and Public Opinion.
  • A new case study on Syria, examining the forms of intervention that have and have not been adopted by the international community.

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Section 1: Foreign Policy Analysis: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives
Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield and Tim Dunne: Introduction

Section 1: Foreign policy analysis; Theoretical and historical perspectives1: Valerie M. Hudson: The history and evolution of foreign policy analysis
2: William C. Wohlforth: Realism and Foreign Policy
3: Michael W. Doyle: Liberalism and Foreign Policy
4: Trine Flockhart: Constructivism and Foreign Policy
5: Lene Hansen: Discourse Analysis, post-structuralism, and Foreign Policy

Section 2: Analysing foreign policy: Actors, context and goals
6: Walter Carlsnaes: Actors, structures and foreign policy analysis
7: Janice Gross Stein: Foreign policy decision making: Rational, psychological, and neurological models
8: Elisabetta Brighi & Christopher Hill: Implementation and behaviour
9: Caitlin Byrne: Public diplomacy
10: Piers Robinson: The role of media and public opinion
11: Brian C. Schmidt: The primacy of national security
12: Michael Mastanduno: Economic statecraft
13: Michael Barnett: Duties beyond borders

Section 3: Foreign policy case studies
14: Graham Allison: The Cuban Missile Crisis
15: Lloyd Axworthy: Canada and antipersonnel landmines: the case for human security as a foreign policy priority
16: Yuen Foong Khong: Neoconservatism and the domestic sources of American foreign policy: the role of ideas in Operation Iraqi Freedom
17: Rosemary Foot: China and the Tian'anmen Crisis of June 1989
18: Amrita Narlikar: India and the World Trade Organization
19: Arlene B. Tickner: Rising Brazil and South America
20: Matt McDonald: Australia and global climate change
21: Gareth Stansfield: Israeli-Egyptian (in)security: The Yom Kippur War
22: Lisbeth Aggestam: What kind of power? European Union enlargement and beyond
23: Amelia Hadfield: Energy and foreign policy: EU-Russia energy dynamics
24: Karin Aggestam and Tim Dunne: The failure of diplomacy and protection in Syria


Edited by :

Steve Smith - Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Relations, University of Exeter.

Amelia Hadfield - Head of the Department of Politics, University of Surrey.

Tim Dunne - Executive Dean, The University of Queensland.

Student Resources

The following resources are available for students using Foreign Policy,  third edition:
  • Expand your reading with web links organized by chapter that point you to pertinent articles and useful websites.
  • Test your understanding of key terms with the flashcard glossary.
  • Explore the evolution of foreign policy analysis by following an interactive timeline

Teacher Resources

The following resources are available for lecturers prescribing Foreign Policy, third edition, for their course:
  • Adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations, or as hand-outs in class.
  • Case studies in your teaching with our guide to using case studies.
  • Simulation exercises to help your students explore negotiations and debates.


`Maintaining the gold standard in the teaching and study of foreign policy, this revised edition inter alia adds topical new material on the brutal Syrian conflict and the ever-growing public dimensions of foreign policy. History, theory and practice are expertly woven into this comprehensive and impressive book, featuring both leading and emerging scholars in the field.' Professor Geoffrey Wiseman, Australian National University

`This is one of the very few efforts that creates a truly useful comparative basis for foreign policy analysis, both in terms of applying alternative theoretical perspectives and a rich array of cases across important states.' Professor Thomas J. Volgy, Professor of Political Science, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona

`For the hard pressed student looking for a quality text dealing with a broad range of issues in the field of Foreign Policy Analysis there is none better than this tried and true - and now completely updated- volume.' Professor Michael Cox, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the London School  of Economics and Director LSE IDEAS

`With its remarkable combination of cutting-edge theoretical analysis and wide-ranging case studies, this volume is an outstanding resource for students, teachers, and researchers alike. Clearly written, accessible, and yet sophisticated, it provides an invaluable guide for addressing the challenges of foreign policy analysis in contemporary world politics.' Professor Michael C Williams, University of Ottawa