Professor Mitchell has published on the influence of international and domestic factors on individual decision making in the context of negotiations. He has also published on the implications of variations in presidential leadership style on the formulation of policy and the outcomes of the decision making process. This research finds that variations in choice of advisory structure and the degree of centralization exercised by the president impacts who is involved in the decision making process, the nature of deliberations, the ability of advisors to influence the process, and the way in which disagreements are resolved. The resulting process policy shapes the outcomes produced by the president and advisors.
Professor Mitchell is currently drawing on his research on US foreign policy in order to address a range of questions regarding foreign policy decision-making in India. He is particularly interested in identifying the leadership style of Indian prime ministers and how these differences have had implications for the conduct and direction of Indian foreign policy.