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authoritarian governments
A political system that allows little or no participation in decision making by individuals and group ouotside the upper reaches of government.
biopolitics
This theory examines the relationship between the physical nature and political behavior of humans.
bureaucracy
The bulk of the state's administrative structure that continues even when leaders change.
cognitive decision making
Making choices within limits of what you consciously know.
crisis situation
A circumstance or event that is a surprise to decision makers, that evokes a sense of threat (particularly physical peril) and that must be responded to within a limited amount of time.
decision making process
The manner by which humans choose which policy to pursue and which actions to take in support of policy goals. The study of decision making seeks to identify patterns in the way that humans make decisions. (Gather information, analyzing information, analyzing information, and making choices). Decision making is a complex process that relates to personality and other human traits, to the sociopolitical setting in which decision makers function, and the organizational structures involved).
ethology
The comparison of animal and human behavior.
foreign policy-making actors
The political actors within a state--including political executives, bureaucracies, legislatures, political opponents, interest groups, and the people--who influence the foreign policy process.
foreign policy process
A concept that includes the influences and activities within a country that cause its government to decide to adopt one or another foreign policy
formal powers
authority to act or to exert influence that in granted by statutory law or by the constitution to a political executive or to another element of government
frustration-agression theory
A psychologically based theory that frustrated societies sometimes become collectively agressive.
gender opinion gap
The difference between males and females along any onoe of a number of dimensions, including foreign policy preferences.
groupthink
How an individual's membership in an organization/decision-making group influences his or her thinking and actions. In particular, there are tendencies within a group to think alike, to avoid discordancy, and to ignore ideas or info that threaten to disrupt the consensus.