War and the Inner Circle: Democratic Elites and the Politics of Using Force

@article{Saunders2015WarAT,
  title={War and the Inner Circle: Democratic Elites and the Politics of Using Force},
  author={E. Saunders},
  journal={Security Studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={24},
  pages={466 - 501}
}
  • E. Saunders
  • Published 2015
  • Political Science
  • Security Studies
Much of the literature on domestic politics and war assumes that open political debate, and especially the role of public opinion, is a key distinguishing feature of democracies in the international arena. Yet scholarship on political behavior demonstrates that the public is uninformed about foreign policy and tends to take cues from elites. This paper argues that the importance of elite cues gives democratic elites a crucial and often-overlooked role in democratic foreign policymaking. Four… Expand
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