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The Foreign Policy Disconnect: What Americans Want from Our Leaders but Don't Get

Benjamin I. Page and Marshall M. Bouton

Abstract

With world affairs so troubled, what kind of foreign policy should the United States pursue? This book looks for answers in a surprising place: among the American people. Drawing on a series of national surveys conducted between 1974 and 2004, the authors reveal that—contrary to conventional wisdom—Americans generally hold durable, coherent, and sensible opinions about foreign policy. Nonetheless, their opinions often stand in opposition to those of policymakers, usually because of different interests and values, rather than superior wisdom among the elite. The book argues that these gaps betw ... More

Keywords: foreign policy, United States, policymakers, leaders, public opinion, American jobs, security, unilateral tendencies, cooperative multilateral policy, international treaties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226644615
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226644592.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin I. Page, author

Marshall M. Bouton, author