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American Democracy PromotionImpulses, Strategies, and Impacts$
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Michael Cox, John Ikenberry, and Takashi Inoguchi

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199240973.001.0001

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America's Identity, Democracy Promotion and National Interests: Beyond Realism, Beyond Idealism

America's Identity, Democracy Promotion and National Interests: Beyond Realism, Beyond Idealism

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(p.127) 6 America's Identity, Democracy Promotion and National Interests: Beyond Realism, Beyond Idealism
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American Democracy Promotion
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Henry R. Nau (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199240973.003.0007

What is the real influence of democracy on US foreign policy? This chapter argues that in order to assess this influence it is necessary to overcome the sharp dichotomy posed by realism and idealism. It proposes a new approach that takes into account a nation's domestic agenda and national identity as well as its external national interests. It examines under what kind of external circumstances a country's internal characteristics are likely to play a role in that country's foreign policy.

Keywords:   democracy, domestic agenda, foreign policy, idealism, national identity, national interests, realism, USA

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