LBJ and the Presidential Management of Foreign Relations

9780292773127: Paperback
Release Date: 1st September 2014

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 312

Series An Administrative History of the Johnson Presidency Series

University of Texas Press

LBJ and the Presidential Management of Foreign Relations

Paperback / £24.99

In this insightful study, Paul Y. Hammond, an experienced analyst of bureaucratic politics, adapts and extends that approach to explain and evaluate the Johnson administration’s performance in foreign relations in terms that have implications for the post–Cold War era.

The book is structured around three case studies of Johnson’s foreign policy decision making. The first study examines economic and political development. It explores the way Johnson handled the provision of economic and food assistance to India during a crisis in India’s food policies. This analysis provides lessons not only for dealing with African famine in later years but also for assisting Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

The second case study focuses on U.S. relations with Western Europe at a time that seemed to require a major change in the NATO alliance. Here, Hammond illuminates the process of policy innovation, particularly the costs of changing well-established policies that embody an elaborate network of established interests. The third case study treats the Vietnam War, with special emphasis on how Johnson decided what to do about Vietnam. Hammond critiques the rich scholarship available on Johnson’s advisory process, based on his own reading of the original sources.

These case studies are set in a larger context of applied theory that deals more generally with presidential management of foreign relations, examining a president’s potential for influence on the one hand and the constraints on his or her capacity to control and persuade on the other. It will be important reading for all scholars and policymakers interested in the limits and possibilities of presidential power in the post–Cold War era.

  • Foreword by Emmette S. Redford and James E. Anderson
  • Preface. Where We Are Going: Presidential Management and the External Presidency
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Johnson’s Foreign Relations: Toward a Broader Inquiry
  • 2. The Larger Vision of Foreign Policy Management
  • 3. The Indian Famine and Presidential Leverage
  • 4. Johnson and Europe: The MLF and Alliance Politics
  • 5. Influence, Strategy, and Western Europe
  • 6. Vietnam: Normality and Innovation
  • 7. Johnson’s Foreign Policy Leadership in Larger Perspective
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Paul Y. Hammond (1929–2012) was Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and served as counselor to the university’s Ridgway Center of International Security Studies.