Does the public alter american foreign policy choices or does the government try to change public opinion to support its policies in counting the public in douglas c foyle demonstrates that it depends on the president. Foyle tackles the same subject as kull and destler but from the side of the policymakers two questions underpin his analysis do presidents think public opinion should guide foreign policy. Douglas c foyle counting the public in presidents public opinion and foreign policy new york columbia university press 1999 gbp40 cloth gbp1695 paper pp 379. Counting the public in has many attractions and one fundamental problem the book is a model of research design and organizational clarity the author proceeds carefully and clearly he gathered evidence on presidents beliefs on public influence before he collected evidence on the decisions themselves for instance. Does the public alter american foreign policy choices or does the government change public opinion to supports its policies in this detailed study douglas foyle demonstrates that the differing influence of public opinion is mediated in large part through each presidents beliefs about the value
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