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"Public opinion matters. Even autocrats are learning they cannot be totally contemptuous of popular sentiment. In democracies, the subject of the articles in this volume, public opinion and those who measure it, cannot drive policy decisions, but they are vital to the process. The editors and authors have produced a valuable guide to understanding of the interplay between what the people think and feel, and how policies are made."—John Zogby, founder of the Zogby Poll and author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream
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"This book is a splendid example of the globalization of scholarship. The authors carefully examine public opinion on the Iraq War in twelve countries, and the editors masterfully integrate and synthesize the results of these country-level studies. We gain notable insight into the dynamics of public opinion on this important international conflict."—Tom W. Smith, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Society, NORC at the University of Chicago
(Tom W. Smith)

"With the expansion of democracy in the post–Cold War world and new pressures for international intervention in foreign crises, public opinion and its constraint on governments have become of increasing interest and concern worldwide. The editors of this volume have most ably assembled a set of chapters that capture the importance—and complexity—of this by bringing into the picture not only the publics of the United States and the allies it has counted on in the past, but also India, Turkey, and Mexico."—Robert Y. Shapiro, professor of political science, Columbia University, and author of The Rational Public: Fifty Years of Trends in Americans' Policy Preferences
(Robert Y. Shapiro)

About the Author

RICHARD SOBEL has pioneered research on public opinion and foreign policy. He has taught at Princeton, Smith, Harvard, and Northwestern, and been a Fellow at Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard’s Kennedy School, and Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School. His books include The Impact of Public Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy Since Vietnam (Oxford Univesity Press, 2001).

PETER FURIA is a lecturer in politics at the University of Virginia. He has published several articles on public opinion and international affairs.

BETHANY BARRATT is an associate professor of political science at Roosevelt University and director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project. She is author of several journal articles and the books Human Rights and Foreign Aid: For Love or Money? (Routledge, 2007) and Human Rights Since 9/11: A Sourcebook (forthcoming).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597974927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597974929
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Datta on June 15, 2012
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Sobel, Furia and Barratt employ an extensive case study method to marshall evidence that, on the whole, public opinion was a key factor in understanding how much, and in what ways, states committed support for the 2003 U.S.-led war in Iraq. Their approach is sound and has implications for the importance of public opinion in the 21st century. A good read.
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