Integrating Cognitive and Rational Theories of Foreign Policy Decision Making

  • Editors
  • Alex Mintz

Part of the Advances in Foreign Policy Analysis book series (AFPA)

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There are two dominant approaches to political decision making in general and foreign policy decision making in particular: rational choice and cognitive psychology. The essays here introduce and test the poliheuristic theory of decision making that integrates elements of both schools. The poliheuristic theory is able to account for the outcome and the process of decisions, and integrates across levels of analysis (individual, dyad, and group). The collection focuses on both elements of the theory itself and also looks at how the theory can be used to better understand political decisions that were made in the past.


decision theory decision-making foreign policy Policy rational choice

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