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By Bob Woodward

Award-winning writer and journalist Bob Woodward turns his recognition to the presidency of George W. Bush. earlier than the acts of terrorism on eleven September, George W. Bush's presidency have been beset through various difficulties. not just used to be it in lots of peoples eyes invalid, only a few humans took him heavily as a global statesman. Then following one violent senseless act of terrorism, George W. Bush turned a president that his kingdom may possibly depend on, one they felt they can belief to guide them via those tricky instances. And the area observed a guy who was once decisive and resolute, a president who used to be likely made up our minds to direction out the folks who had conducted the heinous acts. yet twelve months after the assaults how has the forty fourth President of the USA fared? And what have been the particular behind the curtain discussions that happened when the rustic was once rocked by way of the situation? Bob Woodward has been shadowing the President considering that these fateful occasions, he was once allowed unheard of entry to closed-door conferences and briefings and this masterful booklet is a glance at what quite occurred.

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Another crucial procedure is that of informing and consulting all within the foreign policy bureaucracy, and if necessary in the wider government, who have an interest in the issue at hand or may be affected by it. Against this organisational requirement must be assessed the pressures of time and flexibility: consultation takes time, and contextualisation invariably imposes constraints. Finally, each action in response to a policy issue must be carefully documented and brought to the notice of those interested or affected within the bureaucracy, once again adding to the volume of information and taking up time.

However, though rather less common, it is important to recognise that disturbance can also be introduced into the policy space from the top down, through the launch of new policy initiatives, thus changing the limits of quietude and disturbance in the policy space. Policy initiatives can change the goals of foreign policy, requiring the foreign policy process to respond to a different set of demands and aspirations. Such top-down change can occur as a response to events in world politics (such as when the end of the Cold War changed the foreign policy aspirations of most states around the world), or it can occur independently of events, in response to a change in government or an evolution in the thinking of an incumbent minister.

34 Once again, the levels of conflict that Allison relies on to construct his “pulling and hauling” model of foreign policy outcomes do not appear to exist in the Australian foreign policy bureaucracy; see Allison, Essence of Decision, p. 158. 35 Jones, Analysing Foreign Policy, pp. 14–16. 36 Charles E. Lindblom, “The Science of ‘Muddling Through’”, Public Administration Review, Vol. 19, Spring 1959. 37 Harris, Review of Australia’s Diplomatic Representation, p. 187. G. G. Casey 1951–1960 (ed. B.

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