Dilemma and Decision: An Organizational Perspective on American China Policy Making
Research Papers and Policy Studies 40
1997. 352 pp.
This study of the role of U.S. institutions in China policy making examines the dilemma that the United States faced in conducting its relations with both the PRC and the ROC. By exploring the (ir)rationality of concluding, within four months, two documents with seeming contradictions (the agreements to normalize U.S.-PRC relations and the Taiwan Relations Act), this book analyzes the various factors and the processes on the U.S. side that led to them and the dynamic between the president and the Congress in directing China policy. Appendixes give full text of many of the documents analyzed in the study.