The Domestic Setting of American Approaches to Europe

  • Daniel S. Hamilton
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


Hamilton’s chapter reviews four American historical-ideational traditions that have significantly influenced the conduct of US foreign policy and influenced American attitudes towards Europe and the world. Avoiding simplistic liberal-conservative or internationalist-isolationist explanations, he considers the deeper American domestic roots and traditions that inform and guide US foreign policy. The chapter also surveys American public and elite attitudes towards Europe. While each of these movements approaches Europe from very different perspectives, US public and leadership opinion has tended to coalesce around a core set of American interests and values that will continue to inform US approaches to Europe in the twenty-first century.


US foreign policy US public and elite opinion Transatlantic relations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel S. Hamilton
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  1. 1.Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International StudiesJohns Hopkins UniversityWashingtonUSA

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