Policy Press

A Leader-Centered Theory of Foreign Policy Change

US Foreign Policy towards Cuba under Obama

By Klaus Brummer

Published

Jul 26, 2024

Page count

144 pages

ISBN

978-1529237702

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 26, 2024

Page count

144 pages

ISBN

978-1529237719

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
A Leader-Centered Theory of Foreign Policy Change

Foreign policy analysis is a major part of international relations scholarship, yet many models are ill-equipped to examine the effects of individual leadership on policy. Written by a leading figure in the field, this innovative account challenges traditional views in international relations by theorising the influence of individual leaders on foreign policy change. It examines how and why leaders have shaped policy throughout history, showcasing Obama's Cuba pivot as a prime example.

Using an original theoretical approach, this book will appeal to academics and practitioners in foreign policy analysis, international relations and comparative politics.

Klaus Brummer is Professor of International Relations at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. He served as co-editor-in-chief of the journal Foreign Policy Analysis (2018–2020) and was president of the foreign policy analysis section of the International Studies Association (2015–2016).

1. Introduction

2. A Leader-Centered Theory of Foreign Policy Change

3. U.S. Foreign Policy Change towards Cuba Under Obama

4. Alternative Explanations

5. Conclusion and Outlook