Foreign Policy and National Interest

  • Klaus Knorr
Part of the The Political Economy of International Relations book series (IPES)


This book is concerned with foreign policy, that is to say, with the use of different resources by states for achieving various kinds of gain in their relations with other states. Attention will be paid both to noneconomic foreign policy which primarily involves action designed to relate national purposes to the foreign political and military environment, and economic foreign policy which, in the main, serves the same function regarding the international economic environment. Analytically speaking, governments employ political and military means toward achieving economic as well as political and military ends; and they use economic means toward serving political and military as well as economic ends. Our principal focus is on these interrelationships.


Public Good Foreign Policy National Interest Effective Demand Putative Power 
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    H. A. Simon, Models of Man (New York: Wiley, 1957 ), pp. 196–206, 241–256.Google Scholar
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    Cf. Graham T. Allison, “Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” The American Political Science Review 63 (Sept. 1969): 689–718.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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