Living with Hegemony: high and low crisis periods and perceptions of the U.S. in global public opinion

Benjamin E. Goldsmith, Yusaku Horiuchi

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This paper examines the relevance of three models developed in our previous work with Takashi Inoguchi for explaining patterns of global opinion towards U.S. foreign policy. Here we look at situations of varying levels of international crisis involving the U.S. We use survey data including a number of questions which have been asked repeatedly in many countries by several survey organizations, Globescan/PIPA, Gallup International, and PEW, since 2001. The goals are to (1) establish whether consistent patterns exist in global perceptions of the U.S., and (2) explore the reasons for consistencies with and deviations from these patterns during ‘normal’ and crisis periods. In effect, we ask what are the normal bounds within which U.S. foreign policy operates relative to global opinion, and how those bounds might expand or contract. Our conclusions include new support for the negative impact of U.S. unilateralism on perceptions of U.S. foreign policy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralasian Political Studies Association annual conference
Subtitle of host publicationpapers
Place of PublicationNewcastle, NSW
PublisherSchool of Economics, Politics and Tourism, University of Newcastle
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Political Studies Association Annual Conference - Newcastle
Duration: 25 Sep 200627 Sep 2006


ConferenceAustralasian Political Studies Association Annual Conference


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