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    Synthesis, Analysis of 3 Public Policy Articles

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    A 6 pages research paper/essay that discusses the topic of change within the context of foreign policy-making. The writer, first of all, summarizes the purpose of the authors, their basic themes or arguments, theoretical explanations and the research strategy and/or evidence that is used to substantiate the authors’ perspective. The latter part of this paper then evaluates the overall explanatory power of each article and how the articles interrelate. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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    their basic themes or arguments, theoretical explanations and the research strategy and/or evidence that is used to substantiate the authors perspective. The latter part of this paper then evaluates the  overall explanatory power of each article and how the articles interrelate. In the first chapter to their book Foreign Policy Restructuring: How Governments Respond to Change, Jerel Rosati, Martin  Sampson and Joe Hagan provide an articulate and comprehensive overview of topic of change in foreign policy formulation and the importance of this subject for understanding contemporary world politics. These  authors introduce this subject by placing it within the context of recent scholarship that occurred over the last several decades, which examines the fact that foreign policy change and restructuring  was a neglected subject at the time of their books publication in 1994. They point out that in the 1960s and 70s, scholars began "heeded a call to promote  a science of international relations and foreign policy."1 This instigated interest in comparative studies of foreign policy formation. Beginning with Robert Gilpins 1981 text, the authors discuss the historiography of  scholarship on foreign policy and how this offers insight into the development of relevant theory. A particularly important development occurred with the 1982 publication of essays edited by Kal Holtsti,  which specifically examined why theories pertaining to foreign policy change had received little scholar attention. Holsti focused on explaining patterns evident in foreign policy over time and how to understand  this restructuring, which identified "twelve types of foreign policy restructurings."2 As this suggests, these authors use extensive, well-documented scholarship in order to achieve their purpose in this introduction, which is  specifically to prepare their readers with the necessary background for understanding the issues involved with this topic, as well as the theoretical concepts behind these essays. For example, Rosati, Sampson 

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