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Multilateralism and the Use of Force: Experimental Evidence on the Views of Foreign Policy Elites

Monten, J; Busby, J; Kafura, C; Tama, J; (2020) Multilateralism and the Use of Force: Experimental Evidence on the Views of Foreign Policy Elites. Foreign Policy Analysis , 16 (1) pp. 118-129. 10.1093/fpa/orz005. Green open access

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Abstract

International relations scholars have found that multilateral approval increases public support for the use of military force and have developed competing explanations for this phenomenon. However, this literature has given little attention to the attitudes of individuals who participate directly in the foreign policy process or shape foreign policy debates. In this research note, we administer a survey experiment to both a cross-section of US foreign policy elites and a nationally representative sample of the US public. We find that US foreign policy elites are more responsive to multilateral approval than the US public, with elites with direct foreign policy decision-making experience valuing it especially highly. These findings point to the importance of considering differences between elites and the public when investigating or theorizing about the impact of multilateral cooperation on domestic politics.

Type: Article
Title: Multilateralism and the Use of Force: Experimental Evidence on the Views of Foreign Policy Elites
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/fpa/orz005
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/fpa/orz005
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058861
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