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Conclusion: Foreign Policy and Democracy

Conclusion: Foreign Policy and Democracy

Chapter:
(p.227) Chapter Eight Conclusion: Foreign Policy and Democracy
Source:
The Foreign Policy Disconnect
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226644592.003.0009

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

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