Popular consent and foreign policy choices : war against the Philippines and covert action in Chile

Kim, Jaechun and Hundt, David 2012, Popular consent and foreign policy choices : war against the Philippines and covert action in Chile, Australian journal of international affairs, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 52-69.

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Title Popular consent and foreign policy choices : war against the Philippines and covert action in Chile
Author(s) Kim, Jaechun
Hundt, David
Journal name Australian journal of international affairs
Volume number 66
Issue number 1
Start page 52
End page 69
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2012-02
ISSN 1035-7718
1465-332X
Keyword(s) democratic peace
popular consent
regime change
US foreign policy
Summary It is usually assumed that US policymakers need to generate popular consent in order to undertake regime change against another state. This article explores the ways in which contextual factors such as the joint democracy effect, popular values and public moods influenced efforts by elites in the United States to generate popular consent for regime change in the Philippines and Chile. Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the United States undertook covert action in Chile due to public recognition of the target state's democratic credentials and a public mood opposed to further military ventures. In contrast, the absence of a strong joint democracy effect, a national mood infused with romantic nationalism qua militarism and social Darwinism facilitated efforts by US elites to generate consent for the invasion and occupation of the Philippines. Subsequently, this article contributes to understandings of the domestic-level factors that influence foreign policy decisions.
Notes Available online 19 Jan. 2012
Language eng
Field of Research 160604 Defence Studies
160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940301 Defence and Security Policy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2012, Australian Institute of International Affairs
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041708

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