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A Disconnect Between Policy Makers and the Public?

A Disconnect Between Policy Makers and the Public?

Chapter:
(p.201) Chapter Seven A Disconnect Between Policy Makers and the Public?
Source:
The Foreign Policy Disconnect
Author(s):
Benjamin I. PageLawrence R. Jacobs
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226644592.003.0008

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

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