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War and Democratic Constraint: How the Public Influences Foreign Policy

Matthew A. Baum and Philip B. K. Potter


Why do some democracies reflect their citizens' foreign policy preferences better than others? What roles do the media, political parties, and the electoral system play in a democracy's decision to join or avoid a war? This book shows that the key to how a government determines foreign policy rests on the transmission and availability of information. Citizens successfully hold their democratic governments accountable and a distinctive foreign policy emerges when two vital institutions—a diverse and independent political opposition and a robust media—are present to make timely information acces ... More

Keywords: democracies, foreign policy, information, political opposition, media, communication, conflicts, domestic politics, international relations, political parties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691164984
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164984.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew A. Baum, author
Harvard University

Philip B. K. Potter, author
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor