ERIC Number: ED233920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Empire at Bay: Containment Strategies and American Politics at the Crossroads.
Sanders, Jerry W.
The resounding defeat of President Carter's managerial approach to foreign policy had more to do with the dynamics of domestic politics than with the international events often credited for the decisive shift that followed. Managerialism is an approach for maintaining U.S. global influence which calls for a reinvigorated system of world trade and the creation of rationalized institutions of financial cooperation in partnership with the expansion of multinational corporate investment. In response to the well-organized and well-financed "Soviet threat" campaign led by the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), domestic support for foreign policy became a greater factor than its perception abroad, not to mention the intrinsic merits of the policy itself. As a result, the debate about the proper course for the post-Vietnam era took place within increasingly narrow limits defined by the right. The accelerating momentum of the new mood, well underway before Carter lost Iran and Nicaragua, led finally to the Democrats' 1980 defeat despite the born-again militarism that characterized the administration's approach in its latter years. Any reluctance on the part of Carter and his Trilateral Commission managerialists was replaced by the enthusiasm of Reagan and his coterie of CPD warriors. Having oscillated from militarism to managerialism and back again, American politics is at an historic crossroads. One way points toward the continuing pursuit of empire; the other path favors a foreign policy cognizant that global social justice and national security have become indivisible in an age of transformation and interdependence. (RM)
Descriptors: Foreign Policy, Global Approach, International Relations, Peace, Politics, World Affairs
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Policy Inst., New York, NY.