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A Disconnect Between Policy Makers and the Public?

Benjamin I. Page and Lawrence R. Jacobs

in The Foreign Policy Disconnect

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226644615
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226644592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226644592.003.0008
A Disconnect Between Policy Makers and the Public?

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This chapter shows that over the last thirty years there have been many substantial disagreements or gaps between foreign policy decision makers and the U.S. public. Indeed there has been something like a “disconnect” between the two. Moreover, there has been no discernible tendency for the gaps to narrow or disappear over time. These present serious problems for democratic values and constitute a challenge for formulating an effective foreign policy.

Keywords: foreign policy; U.S. public; public opinion; democratic values

Chapter.  10505 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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