Andrew Payne

Andrew Payne

International Relations (2015 cohort)

My research looks at the role of electoral politics as a major determinant of foreign policy decisions and outcomes during America’s Cold War. Specifically, it assesses the impact of the electoral cycle and the effects of re-election considerations on presidential decisions, strategy and foreign policy outcomes.

From a theoretical perspective, I emphasise the importance of domestic politics to international relations, seeking to bridge the divide between Foreign Policy Analysis and International Relations. The methodology I use tends to be qualitative and ’small n’ in nature, comprising historical case studies, process tracing and archival research.

Prior to joining Oxford, I completed my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Cambridge, specialising in international history and postwar American foreign policy.

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