Conclusions: Imitation and Transition in International Relations

  • Benjamin E. Goldsmith


Do states learn from other states’ experiences in international relations? This book has established the fact of imitation in foreign policy. But the book has also advanced a general theory of foreign policy learning and imitation that predicts when state-level learning is likely to occur, and what the likely sources of “lessons” will be. This theory finds considerable support in the quantitative and case-study data evidence. Finally, the book has outlined a general framework for studying preferences and interests in foreign policy and international relations. These elements combined, I believe, comprise this book’s contribution to general understanding of foreign policy and international relations.


Foreign Policy International Relation Observational Learning Foreign Experience Major Failure 
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© Benjamin E. Goldsmith 2005

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