Rarely has a foreign policy event spawned such interest in international public opinion as has the Iraq War. What does this war indicate about the extent to which public opinion influences foreign policy leaders? Have leaders’ decisions about participating in the Iraq Coalition reflected the willingness of their citizens to do so? Are leaders of some countries more responsive to public opinion than others?The editors address these questions using select case studies that explore the extent to which leaders and people in democracies that are capable of participating in the Iraq War Coalition have willingly done so. Each chapter is based on the premise that democracies are most responsive to public opinion and that the wealthiest democracies would be most capable, though not necessarily most willing, to participate in the Iraq War.The editors have assembled contributions that build on the successful model of Richard Sobel’s International Public Opinion and the Bosnia Crisis. In this Iraq volume, leading scholars debate the role of public opinion in particular countries’ decisions to participateor notin an international conflict, making it an essential text for any foreign policy course.
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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).
Table of Contents
Foreword James M. Lindsay ix
Preface Richard Sobel xiii
Introduction Peter Furia Bethany Barratt 1
Part I Participant Nations: "The Coalition of the Willing"
1 The United States Ole R. Holsti 11
2 The United Kingdom Stephen Benedict Dyson 35
3 Australia Murray Goot Benjamin E. Goldsmith 47
4 Poland Elizabeth Radziszewski Wojtek M. Wolfe 69
5 The Netherlands Philip Everts 83
6 Japan Wilhelm M. Vosse 109
Part II Nonparticipant Nations: "The Coalition of the Unwilling"
7 Germany Karin L. Johnston 137
8 France Natalie La Balme 157
9 Mexico Jorge A. Schiavon Irina Alberro Behocary 169
10 India Nicolas Blarel Manjeet S. Pardesi 187
11 Turkey Özgür ÖZdamar Zeynep Taydas 201
12 Canada Marc J. O'Reilly Richard Vengroff 219
Conclusion Peter Furia Bethany Barratt 231
Afterword Kathy Roth-Douquet 243
Selected Bibliography 285
The Editors and Contributors 301