Political science

You will write a paper of approximately 1,000-1,250 words (4-5 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font) in response to the

question below. The purpose of the assignment is to assess the understanding of the course material covered during Section 1 of the

course. As such, students should refer to, and cite, only material covered in the readings and lectures.
The paper should contain proper citations and a bibliography.
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Question: Section 1 of the course examined the following theoretical frameworks: Realism, Institutionalism, Liberalism, Marxism,

Constructivism, American Exceptionalism, Isolationism, Internationalism and Neo-Conservatism.
Choose any two of these frameworks and compare and contrast their relevance to American foreign policy. What are the key assumptions of

the two chosen frameworks? How valid are these assumptions? Are these frameworks useful for explaining American foreign policy?

Readings:
SECTION 1 – THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS
• International Relations Theory and American Foreign Policy
Brian Schmidt, “Theories of US Foreign Policy,” in US Foreign Policy, 2nd ed., edited by Michael Cox and Doug Stokes, 5-20. Oxford:

Oxford University Press, 2012.
Christina Rowley and JuttaWeldes, “Identities and US Foreign Policy,” in US Foreign Policy, 2nd ed., edited by Michael Cox and Doug

Stokes, 178-194. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
• Ideas and Ideologies
Daniel Deudney and Jeffrey Meiser, “American Exceptionalism,” in US Foreign Policy, 2nd ed., edited by Michael Cox and Doug Stokes, 21

-39. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Andrew Johnstone, “Isolationism and Internationalism in American Foreign Relations,” Journal of Transatlantic Studies 9 (1) 2011: 7-20.
Jim George, “Leo Strauss, Neoconservatism and US Foreign Policy: Esoteric Nihilism and the Bush Doctrine,” International Politics 42

(2) 2005: 174-202.
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