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Taking Foreign Policy Personally: Personal Values and Foreign Policy Beliefs

Rathbun, Brian C and Kertzer, Joshua D and Reifler, Jason and Goren, Paul and Scotto, Thomas (2016) 'Taking Foreign Policy Personally: Personal Values and Foreign Policy Beliefs.' International Studies Quarterly, 60 (1). pp. 124-137. ISSN 0020-8833

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Previous research has shown that on issues of foreign policy, individuals have “general stances,” “postures,” “dispositions” or “orientations” that inform their beliefs toward more discrete issues in international relations. While these approaches delineate the proximate sources of public opinion in the foreign policy domain, they evade an even more important question: what gives rise to these foreign policy orientations in the first place? Combining an original survey on a nationally representative sample of Americans with Schwartz’s theory of values from political psychology, we show that people take foreign policy personally: the same basic values we know people use to guide choices in their daily lives also travel to the domain of foreign affairs, offering one potential explanation why people who are otherwise uninformed about world politics nonetheless express coherent foreign policy beliefs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2016 10:50
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 12:15

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