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Systemic Elements in Poliheuristic Theory

By Lasha Tchantouridze

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of Foreign Policy Decision-making The aim of this paper is to introduce systemic analysis in poliheuristic method of foreign policy decision-making analysis. It starts with theoretical review, and assessment of strengths and weaknesses of poliheuristic method, as developed by Mintz et. al. The paper proposes certain changes and/or amendments to the theory, and calls for better integration of this decision-making theory with other IR theories dealing with state behaviour in the international system. A hypothesis and potential tests are proposed and the paper ends with bibliography. Foreign policy analysis is an important area of the discipline of international relations. It deals with ongoing concerns in the international arena as it tries to systematically communicate pros and cons of certain policy decisions. It is very difficult to develop a robust theory that could encompass all areas of foreign policy, as issues emerge and disappear, events take different forms and shapes, and decision-makers come and go (at least in democratic countries). It should be quite possible; however, to build a consistent analytical mode for a specific area of foreign policy – in this case, decision-making. Decision-making is at heart of every foreign policy issue, as governments and state leader

Year: 2007
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