Integrating Cognitive and Rational Theories of Foreign Policy Decision Making The Polyheuristic Theory of Decision

by Alex Mintz

Part of the Advances in Foreign Policy Analysis Series

Integrating Cognitive and Rational Theories of Foreign Policy Decision Making The Polyheuristic Theory of Decision Synopsis

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.

Integrating Cognitive and Rational Theories of Foreign Policy Decision Making The Polyheuristic Theory of Decision Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780312294090
Publication date: 2nd May 2003
Author: Alex Mintz
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan an imprint of Palgrave USA
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 175 pages
Categories: Central government policies, International relations,

About Alex Mintz

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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