Critical Theories

Authored by: Howard J. Wiarda , Ann P. Kryzanek

Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy

Print publication date:  August  2011
Online publication date:  April  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415800884
eBook ISBN: 9780203878637
Adobe ISBN: 9781135967352


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In order to grasp American foreign policy, one must understand the theoretical perspectives that undergird it. Critical theories are an important part of our theoretical history, offering a paradigm with which we can understand U.S. policy across the globe. These theories include, but are not limited to, such approaches as Marxism, dependency theory, and world systems analysis. Their applications to comparative politics and international relations are somewhat unique in that they not only offer a distinct theoretical perspective but also an ideological framework and a prescription for policy.

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