Iron Triangles and Revolving Doors: Cases in U.S. Foreign Economic Policymaking by Raymond Vernon, Glenn Tobin, Debora L. Spar (Hardback, 1991)
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- DescriptionIn a rapidly shrinking world, governments everywhere find themselves increasingly obliged to deal with international ecomic issues. When dealing with such issues, their processes of decisionmaking prove strikingly different from those employed in the handling of political or strategic problems. This unique volume by Raymond Vern, Debora L. Spar, and Glenn Tobin provides a close-up view of the decisionmaking process within the U.S. establishment as it has wrestled with a series of greatly publicized ecomic issues in recent years. The book synthesizes a literature that has been accumulating over three decades, deriving from this literature a model of the processes of decisionmaking in the field of U.S. foreign ecomic policy. Five detailed case studies are presented, each covering a major ecomic plan or agreement that raised significant controversy. Since the process by which ecomic decisions are reached involves institutions and characteristics quite different from those encountered in political decisionmaking, Iron Triangles and Revolving Doors emphasizes the persistent regularities to be found in the United States when it comes to ecomic decisionmaking. The opening chapter offers a model of the characteristics of the foreign ecomic policymaking process. The next five chapters examine the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement; the battle over the codevelopment of the FSX fighter plane with Japan; the problem of international debt and the creation of the Brady plan; and U.S. trade policy and security export controls in light of the Toshiba-Kongsberg affair. Each of these cases is linked to the overall model of U.S. ecomic policy presented by the authors. This volume will be an excellent text for university or graduate courses in foreign ecomic policy, U.S. foreign policy, and international political ecomy. It will also be of interest to political scientists, ecomists, government officials, policy analysts, and others looking for insights into ecomic decisionmaking.
- Author BiographyRAYMOND VERNON is Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs Emeritus at Harvard University. His previous books include Sovereignty at Bay, Big Business and the State: Changing Relations in Western Europe, orm over the Multinationals and Beyond Globalism: Remaking American Foreign Economic Policy (with Debora Spar). He has also authored numerous articles for scholarly journals. DEBORA L. SPAR is Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School. Specializing in the international political economy, she co-authored Beyond Globalism with Raymond Vernon. GLENN TOBIN holds a doctorate from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. His special interests include the political economy of international trade, finance, and development.
- Author(s)Debora L. Spar,Glenn Tobin,Raymond Vernon
- Date of Publication20/09/1991
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPraeger Publishers Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight438 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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