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Environmental Politics and Foreign Policy Decision Making in Latin America

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Table of Contents

Selected Contents: Part 1 1. Role Theory and the Kyoto Protocol 2. Theoretical Debates in International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis 3. Role Theory and Foreign Policy Decisions 4. Role Articulation and Performance Part 2: Argentina 5. Menem's Voluntary Commitment to the United States 6. Role Conception & President Menem Part 3: Mexico 7. Zedillo's Dual Move for Stewardship and Leadership 8. Role Conception & President Zedillo Part 4: Venezuela 9. Chavez's Revolutionary Change of Heart 10. Role Conception & President Chavez Part V 11. International Context and Changing Roles 12. Conclusions and Contributions: Role Theory Assessed. Appendix: Methodological and Theoretical Considerations. References. Index

About the Author

Amy Below is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Oregon State University.


"Amy Below's book is a real contribution to Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). The study of foreign policy decisionmaking in developing countries is sorely lacking, as is the study of environmental policy: Below tackles both lacunae in the same volume. Utilizing role theory to explain the differences in Latin American leaders' responses to the Kyoto Protocol, Below explores the intricacies of role formation in three Latin American nations. Her careful process-tracing, bolstered by content analysis, is both solid and persuasive. Below's book will be an important resource for FPA scholars as well as scholars interested in cross-national differences in environmental policymaking." -Valerie M. Hudson, Texas A&M University "Amy Below's study of the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by various countries in Latin America sits at the theoretical intersection of foreign policy analysis, role theory, and environmental politics. Her study serves as a model for all three areas of inquiry, and provides an excellent road map for the fruitful use of role theory in foreign policy analysis and beyond." -Marijke Breuning, University of North Texas

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