Domestic Determinants of Foreign Policy in the European Union and the United States

Foreign policy begins at home, and in Europe and the United States the domestic drivers of foreign policy are shifting in important ways. The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, the decision of British voters to leave the European Union, and popular pressures on governments of all stripes and colors to deal with the domestic consequences of global flows of people, money and terror all highlight the need for greater understanding of such domestic currents and their respective influence on U.S. and European foreign policies.


In this volume, European and American scholars take a closer look at the domestic determinants of foreign policy in the European Union and the United States, with a view to the implications for transatlantic relations. They examine domestic political currents, demographic trends, changing economic prospects, and domestic institutional and personal factors influencing foreign policy on each side of the Atlantic.


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Introduction by Daniel S. Hamilton and Teija Tiilikainen


Chapter 1 - How Do Demographic Changes in the United States Affect American Views on U.S. Foreign Policy? by Dina Smeltz and Karl Friedhoff

Chapter 2 - Demography and Foreign Policy: A European Perspective

by Rainer Münz



Chapter 3 - Populist Currents and European and U.S. Foreign Policies by David C. Hendrickson


Chapter 4 - Polarization in Europe: Public Opinion and EU Foreign Policy by Rosa Balfour


Chapter 5 - Changing Economic Fortunes for Americans: Implications for Foreign Policy by Edward Alden


Chapter 6 - Changing Economic Fortunes for Europeans: Implications for Foreign Policy by Maria Demertzis


Chapter 7 - Invitation to Struggle: Congress, the President, and U.S. Foreign Policy by James M. Lindsay


Chapter 8 - Foreign Policy-Making in the European Union: How the Political System Affects the EU’s Relations with the United States by Teija Tiilikainen


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Originally published at the Center for Transatlantic Relations

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