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dc.contributor.authorWidmaier, W.
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:49:13Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:49:13Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.date.modified2010-11-25T05:40:59Z
dc.identifier.issn00208833
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1468-2478.2007.00476.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/35084
dc.description.abstractOver the past century, crises have often driven shifts in U.S. foreign policy, as a liberal tradition has been permissive of varying tendencies to isolationism, pragmatism, or a crusading internationalism. While materialist analyses emphasize the impacts of crises on the capabilities of state and societal agents, they obscure the role of agents in interpreting crises. In this paper, I therefore offer a constructivist analysis, stressing the role of presidential rhetoric in the construction of crises as events which legitimate shifts between variants of the American liberal tradition and definitions of the national interest. I specifically examine interpretations of the Cold War and War on Terror offered in the March 1947 Truman Doctrine speech and September 2001 Bush Doctrine speech. Truman and Bush each reinterpreted international challenges as pertaining to ''ways of life,'' transforming security and partisan debates in ways that delegitimated isolationism. In sum, this analysis highlights the enduring traditions and mass understandings which can themselves constrain elite debates.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom779
dc.relation.ispartofpageto794
dc.relation.ispartofissue4
dc.relation.ispartofjournalInternational Studies Quarterly
dc.relation.ispartofvolume51
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchInternational Relations
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolicy and Administration
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical Science
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSocial Work
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160607
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1605
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1606
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1607
dc.titleConstructing Foreign Policy Crises: Interpretive Leadership in the Cold War and War on Terrorism
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2007
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorWidmaier, Wesley


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