David Clinton

Department Chair
Professor of Political Science

Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., Louisiana State University

David Clinton studies international relations theory, American foreign policy, the art and practice of diplomacy, and ethics and international relation.

Courses at Baylor

PSC 3315 Fundamentals of International Politics
Theories of international politics will be examined and compared in the light of the evolution of the modern states system. Attention will be given to the factors and variables that affect the formulation and implementation of foreign policies.


PSC 4355 Power, Morality & International Relations

The influence of moral principles on international politics. Emphasis is placed on issues such as human rights, just and unjust wars, and the rights and responsibilities of those whose actions cross state boundaries, such as multinational corporations and international migrants.


PSC 4385 Diplomacy in Theory & Practice

An examination of the way that states and other international actors communicate and pursue their foreign policy objectives through the use of diplomatic agents and techniques. Attention is paid to the function that diplomacy serves for the international system as a whole as well as its usefulness to individual states.


PSC 5315 Development of International Relations Thought

A study of major thinkers on international politics through history, with reference to contemporary international relations thought.


PSC 5345 American Foreign Policy

Theory and practice of American foreign policy. Emphasis is on major issues in United States diplomacy and basic ideas governing American foreign policy.


Selected Publications:

The Realist Tradition in Contemporary International Relations, edited (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 2007)

Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, 7th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005), by Hans Morgenthau, revised ed. By Kenneth Thompson and David Clinton

"'Dash and Doubt': Walter Bagehot and International Restraint," The Review of Politics 65 (Winter 2003): 61-81

Tocqueville, Lieber, Bagehot: Liberalism Confronts the World (New York and Harmondsworth: Palgrave Press, 2003)

The Two Faces of National Interest (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1994)

Presidential Transitions and American Foreign Policy, with Frederick Mosher and Daniel Lang (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University, 1987)

Department of Political Science

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