Double-Edged Diplomacy: International Bargaining and Domestic Politics

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Double-Edged Diplomacy: International Bargaining and Domestic Politics

Edited by Peter B. Evans, Harold K. Jacobson and Robert D. P
University of California Press, 1993
490 pp. $50.00

Providing a somewhat more structured framework than the Rosencrance book for looking at how domestic politics influences international behavior, this dense volume sees international negotiations as, in Robert Putnam's phrase, a two-level game in which the negotiators make deals simultaneously with foreign and domestic players. Individual case studies cover not only economic negotiations, where domestic factors are commonly conceded to be predominant, but security and human rights issues as well, in such chapters as Jack Snyder's on East-West bargaining over Germany and Janice Stein's on Camp David. One of the more interesting implications of the findings is that the fields of international relations and comparative politics need to merge, once people stop viewing states as opaque billiard balls. The rigor of the books analytical framework will make it tough going for nonacademic readers, though the individual chapters are rich in historical detail.

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