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Every Citizen a Statesman

The Dream of a Democratic Foreign Policy in the American Century

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$45.00 • £36.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674248984

Publication Date: 01/10/2023


344 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

14 photos, 1 illus.


U.S. leaders often proclaim that a successful foreign policy requires public support. Yet they have been reluctant to cede power to a public with little expertise in the subject. With a firm grasp of the historical materials, a fluid writing style, and a gift for narrative, Allen shows that the United States has never figured out what a truly ‘democratic’ foreign policy might be. This fascinating book is a pleasure to read, and the lessons it draws are both timely and troubling.—Stephen M. Walt, author of The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy

An elegant, insightful, and wonderfully original work of history. Simultaneously a richly detailed case study of the forgotten Foreign Policy Association and a thoughtful meditation on the nature of public opinion, Every Citizen a Statesman forces us to grapple with an essential question: what would it take to democratize American foreign policy?—Sam Lebovic, author of A Righteous Smokescreen: Postwar America and the Politics of Cultural Globalization

A compelling and original book. Tracing the rise of the Foreign Policy Association, an organization formed to align democracy and diplomacy in the twentieth century, Allen shows how tragically difficult it can be to close the gap between powerful policymakers and a public that sees foreign affairs as distant from daily life. This insightful work shows that the relationship between the ideals of democracy and the practice of foreign policy remains as complex and relevant as ever.—Jeremi Suri, author of Civil War by Other Means: America’s Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy

Is an authentically democratic foreign policy—that is, a foreign policy stemming from a deeply engaged public—a noble dream, a potential reality, or a fool’s errand? Allen takes up this question with an evenhanded approach and a real mastery of the source material. Timely and well argued, Every Citizen a Statesman is a major contribution to the study of U.S. foreign relations and political history. A superb, fascinating book.—Christopher McKnight Nichols, author of Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age

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