Why do some foreign policy hawks evolve into doves? This is the central question motivating Yael S. Aronoff’s examination of six Israeli prime ministers. While scholars have spent considerable energy focusing on why leaders opt for conflict, we know less about why hard-liners undergo a transformation that leads them to pursue negotiations in good faith. To address this question, Aronoff constructs a typology of decision making that combines relevant aspects of a leader’s political ideology with cognitive traits. The result is a detailed framework that effectively explains why Ehud Barak, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres evolved from security hawks into forceful advocates for peace, while Yitzhak Shamir, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Ariel Sharon remained ardently against negations throughout their political careers.
The analysis presents a compelling set of political biographies focusing on foreign policy deliberations. Readers get an insider’s look into how these leaders thought about their decisions as well as a detailed historical account of the important shifts in Israeli policy over the decades. The research is impressively sourced. Unlike some psychological analyses that attempt to construct leadership profiles from afar, Aronoff builds her analysis on interviews with a broad array of senior policy advisers and cabinet officials conducted over
To continue reading, see options above.
Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.
Primaries and Conventions
Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilsonview additional issues
Articles | Book reviews
PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION AND DEMOCRACY
Money and Poltics
April 6, 2020
This event is part of the nearly yearlong Challenges and Opportunities in 2020 election series. The series fosters interdisciplinary conversations exploring themes affecting the upcoming election and trust in our democratic institutions.MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT VIEW ALL EVENTS
The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.
With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.