The Impact of American exceptionalism on U.S. foreign policy

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2018
Ereli, Gökhan
This thesis seeks to explain the impact of American exceptionalism on U.S. foreign policy. American exceptionalism reflects the belief in superiority, chosenness, mission of the United States. Since ideational variables are not considered as having an explanatory power in their analyses, neorealism and neoliberalism have fallen short of explaining American exceptionalism. This thesis, then, emphasizes that along with the power relations and the national interest, the ways in which U.S. foreign policy is conducted are influenced by the ideas held by both high-profile policymakers and the population. This thesis advocates that the promotion of U.S. leadership is the basic consequence of the belief in American exceptionalism and how to perform this task is depended on the tendecy of the United States to maintain its freedom of action and to seek greater maneuverability in foreign affairs.

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G. Ereli, “The Impact of American exceptionalism on U.S. foreign policy,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.