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Author Davidson, Lawrence
Title Foreign Policy, Inc : Privatizing America's National Interest
Imprint Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 2009
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Note Front cover -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. The Popular Disregard for Foreign Policy -- 2. Formulating Foreign Policy in a Factocracy -- 3. The Factocracy Diversifies -- 4. Privatizing National Interest--the Cuba Lobby -- 5. Privatizing National Interest--the Israel Lobby -- 6. Is There a National Interest? -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
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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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Davidson, Lawrence Foreign Policy, Inc : Privatizing America's National Interest Lexington : University Press of Kentucky,c2009 9780813125244
Subject Lobbying -- United States.;National interest -- United States.;United States -- Foreign relations -- 1989-
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