chapter  16
The Foreign Economic Bureaucracy
ByI.M. “Mac” Destler
Pages 14

The subject of this chapter has received surprisingly little attention among students of American foreign policy. This is not because the foreign economic bureaucracy is inconsequentialthough it is arguably less signifi cant than, for example, the Department of Defense. A partial explanation, perhaps, is that scholarly interest in the foreign aff airs bureaucracy in general was waning in the decades (beginning with the 1970s) as a semi-autonomous U.S. foreign economic bureaucracy was emerging. The result, in any case, is that compared to others in this volume, this contribution will focus more on the topic itself and less on how scholars have probed and interpreted it.