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Spinning the Globe? U.S. Public Diplomacy and Foreign Public Opinion

Goldsmith, Benjamin E; Horiuchi, Yusaku

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Global public opinion has emerged as a prominent issue in international relations. But have U.S. public diplomacy efforts during the post-9/11 period successfully improved foreign publics appraisals of U.S. foreign policy? We examine this question by estimating the effects of U.S. high-level visits to foreign countries on public opinion in those countries. We base our theoretical arguments on the political communication literature, but extend them to consider transnational dynamics in...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGoldsmith, Benjamin E
dc.contributor.authorHoriuchi, Yusaku
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:14:03Z
dc.identifier.issn0022-3816
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/17264
dc.description.abstractGlobal public opinion has emerged as a prominent issue in international relations. But have U.S. public diplomacy efforts during the post-9/11 period successfully improved foreign publics appraisals of U.S. foreign policy? We examine this question by estimating the effects of U.S. high-level visits to foreign countries on public opinion in those countries. We base our theoretical arguments on the political communication literature, but extend them to consider transnational dynamics in international relations. Specifically, we argue that U.S. leaders credibility in the eyes of foreign publics is critical in shaping attitudes toward U.S. foreign policy. Empirically, we show that the effects of such visits were initially significantly large and positive, but weakened once the war in Iraq began and international media started reporting negative aspects of the war on terror. Most interestingly, we find some evidence that high-level visits eventually exhibited a backlash effect.
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Press
dc.sourceJournal of Politics
dc.titleSpinning the Globe? U.S. Public Diplomacy and Foreign Public Opinion
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume71
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.absfor160603 - Comparative Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4303234xPUB1
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGoldsmith, Benjamin E, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationHoriuchi, Yusaku, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage863
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage875
local.identifier.doi10.1017/S0022381609090768
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T07:23:03Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-70450184247
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