Shifts in public opinion have had an impact on U.S. foreign policy
Ole R. Holsti explores the extent to which changes in public opinion reflected the vigorous public relations efforts of the Bush administration to gain support for the war and the partisanship marking debates over policies toward Iraq. Holsti investigates the ways in which the Iraq experience has led substantial numbers of Americans to reconsider their nation's proper international role, and he assesses the impact that public opinion has had on policymakers. Significantly, Holsti places his findings in a broader context to address the role of public opinion and of the media in democratic governance.
"An important contribution to the emerging scholarly understanding of public opinion regarding the Iraq conflict, both on its own terms and as a more general case study of American public opinion regarding foreign policy."
—Perspectives on Politics
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