TITLE

Economic Interests and Public Support for American Global Activism

AUTHOR(S)
Fordham, Benjamin O.
PUB. DATE
January 2008
SOURCE
International Organization;Winter2008, Vol. 62 Issue 1, p163
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This research note evaluates the effect of economic interests on public support for American global activism. Those who were relatively well-positioned to benefit economically from the American-backed postwar international order, mainly those with better access to human and financial capital, or who hailed from relatively export-oriented parts of the country, should be more likely to support it. An analysis of American National Election Study data on support for isolationisrn between 1956 and 2000 supports this line of argument. Individual self-interest is probably the most important pathway through which the international economy has influenced public opinion. However, the aggregate effects of exports and imports on respondents' home states have also made a difference. The effects of these economic interests are substantively large and fairly consistent over time.
ACCESSION #
34310887

 

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