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Conclusion: Foreign Policy and Democracy

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/9780226644592.003.0009
Conclusion: Foreign Policy and Democracy

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This chapter summarizes and discusses the main conclusions. The findings that the American public has stable, consistent, and sensible preferences concerning a wide range of foreign policies, and that those preferences are based on coherent, logical, purposive belief systems, contradict a good deal of conventional wisdom. But they also support the main argument of this book: that the officials who make U.S. foreign policy should pay more attention to what the public wants.

Keywords: Americans; public opinion; foreign policies; U.S. foreign policy; government officials

Chapter.  8317 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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