The Making of Foreign Policy
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The formulation of policy is a central concern of many fields of study. Psychologists, economists and political scientists have all in different ways invested considerable intellectual effort in the study of how and why certain policies are made. This focus of study is not simply important but can also be exciting. It takes one to the very heart of a subject. Policy making involves decisions, sometimes routine and unnoticed, but occasionally, bold, innovative and conditioned by risk. Nowhere is this more evident than in the formulation of foreign policy. Here the dreary practicalities of diplomatic protocol coexist with issues that can help determine national welfare and even national survival. The making of policy, moreover, is a dynamic process. It suggests action, choice and an assumption
of a desired state of affairs. It is never static, involving as it does continuous adaptation and refinement in light of experience, altered domestic and international circumstances or simply the folly of individual policy makers.