What is the long-term nature of American foreign policy? U.S. Foreign Policy in Perspective refutes the claim that it has varied considerably across time and space, arguing that key policies have been remarkably stable over the last hundred years, not in terms of ends but of means.
Closely examining past and present U.S. foreign policy, authors David Sylvan and Stephen Majeski draw upon a wealth of historical and contemporary cases to show how the United States has had a “client state” empire for at least a century. They illustrate how much of American policy revolves around acquiring clients, maintaining clients, and engaging in hostile policies against enemies deemed to threaten them, representing a peculiarly American form of imperialism. They also reveal how clientilism informs apparently disparate activities in different geographical regions and operates via a specific range of policy instruments, showing predictable variation in the use of these instruments.
Stephen Majeski is Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. His research interests are international conflict and cooperation, U.S. foreign policy, computational modeling, and experimental group decision-making. He has published numerous articles concerning these areas in such journals as American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, International Interactions, British Journal of Political Science, and Complexity. He also engages in experimental work assessing how groups make choices in situations of conflict and cooperation and uses agent-based modeling to simulate how agents interact in complex environments to determine the conditions under which cooperative and conflictual worlds evolve.