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The Foreign Policy DisconnectWhat Americans Want from Our Leaders but Don't Get$
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Benjamin I. Page and Marshall M. Bouton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226644615

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226644592.001.0001

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A Disconnect Between Policy Makers and the Public?

A Disconnect Between Policy Makers and the Public?

(p.201) Chapter Seven A Disconnect Between Policy Makers and the Public?
The Foreign Policy Disconnect

Benjamin I. Page

Lawrence R. Jacobs

University of Chicago Press

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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