There is no other source that provides in one place the wide range and depth of insight found in Vital Statistics on American Politics (VSAP), published since 1988. VSAP provides historical and statistical information on all aspects of American politics: Political parties Voter turnout Public opinion Campaign finance Media perspective and influence, congressional membership and voting patterns The presidency and executive branch Military policy and spending Supreme Court and federal court make-up and caseloads Foreign, social, and economic policy In over 230 tables and figures, students and professional researchers will find chapters devoted to key subject areas such as elections and political parties, public opinion and voting, the media, the three branches of U.S. government, foreign, military, social and economic policy, and much more. This book provides a vivid and multifaceted portrait of the broad spectrum of United States politics and policies. Along with updated and new data content, this edition offers brand new data literacy lessons that take a “guide on the side” approach to teach data researchers how to wade through the sea of data and do the difficult work of grappling for the meaning of the data on their own. Lessons include understanding descriptive representation data, comparing data over time, noticing gaps in data, unpacking dichotomies of public opinion, and more.
Chapter 9: Foreign and Military Policy
Foreign and Military Policy
- Treaties and Agreements
- Military Engagements
- Military Personnel
- Military Sales and Assistance
- Foreign Aid
- Investment and Trade
One of the enduring debates in the United States has been the appropriate way to engage with the rest of the world. With fluctuations over time between isolationist and interventionist tendencies among American politicians and public opinion, data on international relations are vital even to understanding domestic politics. One of the notable characteristics of Donald Trump’s presidency was an explicit focus on unilateralism and a doctrine of “America First” guiding foreign policy decisions. America’s trade deficit, economic relations among allies, and membership in international groups such as the World Health Organization all took center stage over the course of an administration focused on minimizing international entanglements. The ...