Counting the Public In: Presidents, Public Opinion, and by Douglas Foyle

By Douglas Foyle

Does the general public adjust American international coverage offerings, or does the govt. swap public opinion to helps its rules? during this designated learn, Douglas Foyle demonstrates that the differing effect of public opinion is mediated largely via each one president's ideals concerning the price and importance of public opinion.Using archival collections and public resources, Foyle examines the ideals of the entire post-World conflict II presidents as well as the international coverage judgements of Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and invoice Clinton. He reveals that a few presidents are fairly open to public opinion whereas others carry ideals that lead them to forget about the public's view. numerous orientations towards public opinion are posited: the delegate (Clinton) favors public enter and seeks its aid; the executor (Carter) believes public enter is fascinating, yet its aid isn't helpful; the pragmatist (Eisenhower, Bush) doesn't search public enter in crafting coverage, yet sees public aid as important; and eventually, the mum or dad (Reagan) neither seeks public enter nor calls for public aid. The booklet examines the public's impact via case reviews concerning judgements on: the Formosa Straits obstacle; intervention at Dien Bien Phu; the Sputnik release; the recent glance safeguard procedure; the Panama Canal Treaties; the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; the Strategic safety Initiative; the Beirut Marine barracks bombing; German reunification; the Gulf battle; intervention in Somalia; and intervention in Bosnia.

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6 Eisenhower explained to a friend that he considered it the obligation of the president to “have the courage and the strength to stand up and tell 34 Preserving Public Support the truth and to keep repeating the truth regardless of vilification and abuse” until the people accepted the facts that drove the decision. Because of the four-year election cycle, he felt that the president had “a longer assured opportunity to teach an unpleasant fact” and convince the public of the veracity of his arguments.

Implications This book’s exploration of the connection between public opinion and foreign policy contributes to our knowledge in three areas, each of which is revisited in the concluding chapter. First, regarding public opinion’s influence on foreign policy, this research adds to our understanding of why and under what conditions public opinion affects the formulation of foreign policy. 3 Alternative Explanations Situation (all high threat) Realist Wilsonian Liberal Crisis short time/surprise No impact/Lead Constrain Reflexive short time/anticipation Lead Constrain Innovative long time/surprise Lead Follow Deliberative long time/anticipation Lead/Constrain Follow Note: Italics indicate conditional predictions.

The remainder of this book reports the findings of this research. The results of the qualitative content analysis of Eisenhower’s and Dulles’s public opinion beliefs and a comparison of the specific expectations of their behavior based on their beliefs orientation with realist and Wilsonian liberal predictions are presented in chapter 2. The four case studies selected from the Eisenhower administration are examined in successive chapters: chapter 3 discusses the crisis context (1954 Formosa Straits case); chapter 4 considers the reflexive context (1954 Dien Bien Phu case); chapter 5 evaluates the innovative context (1957–1958 Sputnik case); and chapter 6 analyzes the deliberative context (1953–1954 New Look case).

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