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Foreign Policy, Inc.Privatizing America's National Interest$
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Lawrence Davidson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125244

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125244.001.0001

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Foreign Policy, Inc.
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Lawrence Davidson

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125244.003.0008

History has shown that American foreign policy influenced by the power of special interest groups has often lead to disaster, as in the case of the Vietnam War and the invasion of Iraq. Yet the general manner by which much of American foreign policy is formulated is expected to continue because of natural localism that make Americans tend to be indifferent to international affairs and susceptible to media manipulation, leaving the process in the hands of competing factions with parochial interests. Under such circumstances, it should come as no surprise that the general population never demands structural change. Thus, interest group politics will continue to define how political business is done in the US, and this would appear to be the case for the foreseeable future.

Keywords:   American foreign policy, national interest, natural localism, media manipulation, special interest groups, factocracy

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