Misreading The Public / Edition 1

Misreading The Public / Edition 1

by Steven Kull, I. M. Destler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815717652

ISBN-13: 9780815717652

Pub. Date: 01/01/1999

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

Do American policymakers really know what the American public wants in U.S. foreign policy? Through extensive interviews with members of the policy community, the authors reveal a pervasive belief—especially in Congress—that, in the wake of the cold war, the public is showing a new isolationism: opposition to foreign aid, hostility to the United

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Do American policymakers really know what the American public wants in U.S. foreign policy? Through extensive interviews with members of the policy community, the authors reveal a pervasive belief—especially in Congress—that, in the wake of the cold war, the public is showing a new isolationism: opposition to foreign aid, hostility to the United Nations, and aversion to contributing U.S. troops to peacekeeping operations. This view of the public has in turn had a significant impact on U.S. foreign policy. However, through a comprehensive review of polling data, as well as focus groups, the authors show that all these beliefs about the public are myths. The public does complain that the United States is playing the role of dominant world leader more than it should, but this does not lead to a desire to withdraw. Instead people prefer to share responsibility with other nations, particularly through the UN. The authors offer explanations of how such a misperception can occur and suggest ways to improve communication between the public and policymakers, including better presentation of polling data and more attention by practitioners to a wider public.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815717652
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword1
1The Puzzle9
2America's Role in Today's World35
3The United Nations59
4UN Peacekeeping81
5Foreign Aid113
6Defense Spending134
7Letting Policy Practitioners Ask the Questions153
8How the Public Makes Budgetary Trade-Offs179
9Does Congress Mirror the Public?193
10Why Do Policy Practitioners Misperceive the Public?207
11Why Doesn't Politics Close the Gap?229
12Putting the Puzzle Together249
AppendixDesign of the Study267
Notes277
Index303

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