Presidential Decision Making Adrift: The Carter Administration and the Mariel Boatlift

Presidential Decision Making Adrift: The Carter Administration and the Mariel Boatlift

by David W. Engstrom

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Overview

The subject of refugee policy has generated considerable public debate during the past decade. In this case study of presidential decision-making, David W. Engstrom analyzes the Carter Administration's response to the Mariel boatlift from Cuba in 1979. Engstrom argues that a faulty decision making structure and ignorance of the historic dynamics of Cuban immigration contributed to the government's mishandling of the refugee crisis. More generally, he explores the ways in which refugee policy is shaped by foreign policy concerns, domestic politics, and economic circumstances. This important book will be of interest to students and scholars of Latin American studies, foreign policy, and immigration and refugee policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847684144
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/20/1997
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

David W. Engstrom is associate professor at the School of Social Work, New Mexico Highlands University.

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