Diplomacy and Developing Nations: Post-Cold War foreign by Maurice A. East, Justin Robertson

By Maurice A. East, Justin Robertson

This quantity explores the international coverage setting dealing with constructing countries and their specific international policy-making constructions and techniques. via defining international coverage widely to include the actions of quite a number kingdom actors and non-state actors, the e-book broadens the diversity of analytical frameworks for learning international policy-making in constructing countries. therefore, the activities of small teams of elites, foreign associations and transnational networks are noticeable to be a part of international policy-making, in addition to the normal operations of international ministries.
The quantity is produced from an in depth creation, 4 thematic chapters, six kingdom reports and a end that ties jointly universal topics. those function an invaluable contribution to the research of international policy-making in constructing international locations, a ignored region within the comparative research of overseas coverage.

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But can states really select firms as partners? Some countries fail at even gathering strategic information, for example the UK government was caught off guard when BMW withdrew its investment in Rover. 77 If industrialized nations like the UK cannot craft a ‘shrewd state’, how realistic is it to expect that developing nations can? Introduction 23 Third, given that state capacity is a prerequisite for many international activities, resource shortages are a key factor in restricting foreign policy options in the developing world.

Developing nations are forced to accommodate to the geoeconomic and geostrategic interests of the US and thereby have constrained choices when designing their economic and security policies. The economic imperative is to create a liberal business environment and to provide access to key markets and strategic raw materials. US security demands on developing nations centre on military alliances, support for counter-terrorism and the quelling of domestic instability. While US pres- Introduction 25 sure has achieved unprecedented economic and financial liberalization since the 1980s, the most dramatic recent change in the developing world has been military accommodation to US interests.

Working Paper No. 1999/5 (Canberra: Department of International Relations, Australian National University, 1999), p. 1. 11 One reason is that detailed study of administrative reform is a relatively unpopular research theme in political science and international studies. See Ben Ross Schneider and Blanca Heredia (eds), Reinventing Leviathan: The Politics of Administrative Reform in Developing Countries (Coral Gables FL: North–South Center Press, 2003), p. i. 12 William Greider, Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country (New York: Touchstone, 1987); Peter Hartcher, The Ministry: How Japan’s Most Powerful Institution Endangers World Markets (Boston MA: Harvard Business School Press, 1998); David Lipsey, The Secret Treasury: How Britain’s Economy is Really Run (London: Penguin Books, 2000).

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