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Learning in U.S. and Soviet foreign policy /
edited by George W. Breslauer and Philip E. Tetlock.
Boulder : Westview Press, 1991.
xiv, 881 p. ; 24 cm.
0813382645 (alk. paper) 0813382653 (alk. paper)
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Boulder : Westview Press, 1991.
0813382645 (alk. paper) 0813382653 (alk. paper)
general note
"Committee on International Conflict and Cooperation, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council."
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-04:
An impressive compilation of 21 articles by political scientists, Sovietologists, and one psychologist on the role of governmental learning (and nonlearning) in the conduct of American and Soviet foreign policy in the Cold War. The focus is on 14 case studies by leading foreign policy specialists (1988) that examine learning and decision-making analyses and theories about linkages between policy and belief change, articulated by the editors and by E. Haas and R. Anderson. Arms control is treated by R. Levine, C. Blacker and S. Weber; Soviet-US relations by A. Dallin, F. Griffiths, T. Hopf, D. Larson, and R. Legvold; the Middle East by Breslauer and S. Spiegel; and Soviet policy toward China by A. Whiting. Although a bit of everything is offered (e.g., the behavioral and social science concept and diverse forms of learning in international relations, historical studies, and cybernetic and organization theories and cognitive processes of decision making), there may not be enough of each to satisfy every audience. However, rarely do edited volumes have the coherence one finds here. Most of the contributors worked within the common framework and fitted cases to the common objectives: to examine decision-making processes and teams that succeeded or failed at strategic learning and cooperation in East-West relations over the past four decades, and thus to build an empirical theory of rational governmental decision-making and learning analysis and a strategy of cooperation. Highly recommended for graduate and undergraduate libraries with strong IR theory collections.-L. S. Hulett, Knox College
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