Liberalism, the Blob, and American Foreign Policy: Evidence and Methodology

  title={Liberalism, the Blob, and American Foreign Policy: Evidence and Methodology},
  author={Robert L. Jervis},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={434 - 456}
  • R. Jervis
  • Published 14 May 2020
  • Political Science
  • Security Studies
Abstract John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt argue that American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War has been a failure and that the reasons stem from the American domestic political system. For Mearsheimer, a prevailing form of Liberalism is at fault; for Walt it is the consensus of the foreign policy establishment (“the Blob”). These arguments have much to be said for them but are not supported by adequate evidence because both authors neglect standard methods of verification… 

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