International Public Opinion And The Bosnia Crisis

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Does public opinion matter in international conflict resolution? Does national foreign policy remain independent of public opinion and the media? International Public Opinion and the Bosnia Crisis examines, through U.S., Canadian, and European case studies, how public reaction impacted democratic governments' response to the ethnic and religious conflict in Bosnia during the period from 1991-1997. Each case study offers an overview of the national media coverage and public reaction to the war in the former Yugoslavia and examines the links between public opinion and political and military intervention in Bosnia. The result is a comprehensive evaluation of the complex relationship between public opinion, media coverage, and foreign policy decision-making.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Y. Shapiro
In this highly original volume, Richard Sobel and Eric Shiraev advance research and theory in the study of public opinion and foreign policy. International Public Opinion and the Bosnia Crisis is unique in that it tracks a single foreign policy crisis across different countries. Following Ole Holsti's apt advice, the contributors use cross-national data and other evidence to look at the extent to which public opinion influenced foreign policy in a critical case. Editors Sobel and Shiraev offer a necessarily complex theoretical framework, befitting the complexities of the different forms of contemporary democratic politics and the foreign policies that have to be wrestled with, which they, their contributors, and others of us will want to debate, criticize, and build upon or alter. In doing this we can attempt both to advance political science theory and to improve our understanding of real-world politics and, ideally, to provide guidance as nations individually and interactively confront new crises and wars.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
. . . this is an excellent book, one that belongs on a short list of indispensable recent books on public opinion and foreign policy. . . .
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
. . . this is an excellent book, one that belongs on a short list of indispensable recent books on public opinion and foreign policy. . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739104798
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Shiraev is a research associate at The George Washington University's Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. He is the editor of a number of books including Fears in Post-Communist Societies (with V. Shlapentokh, 2002). Richard Sobel is a senior research associate in Harvard University's Program in Psychiatry and the Law. He is the author and editor of a number of books including The Impact of Public Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy Since Vietnam: Constraining the Collossus (2001).

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 "In the Service of Peace": Reflexive Multilateralism and the Canadian Experience in Bosnia Chapter 3 British Attitudes toward the Bosnian Situation Chapter 4 U.S. Public Opinion on Intervention in Bosnia Chapter 5 Raison d'├ętat or Raison populaire? The Influence of Public Opinion on France's Bosnia Policy Chapter 6 Russian Decision-making Regarding Bosnia: Indifferent Public and Feuding Elites Chapter 7 Massacring in Front of a Blind Audience? Italian Public Opinion and Bosnia Chapter 8 Innocence Lost: The Netherlands and the Yugoslav Crisis Chapter 9 German Public Opinion and the Crisis in Bosnia Part 10 Public Opinion and the Bosnia Crisis: A Conclusion

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