Australian Public Opinion, Defence and Foreign Policy : Attitudes and Trends Since 1945

Chubb, Danielle and McAllister, Ian 2020, Australian Public Opinion, Defence and Foreign Policy : Attitudes and Trends Since 1945, 1st ed.. Edited by Chubb, Danielle and McAllister, Ian, Palgrave Macmillan (Springer Nature Singapore), Gateway East, Singapore, doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-7397-2.

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Title Australian Public Opinion, Defence and Foreign Policy : Attitudes and Trends Since 1945
Author(s) Chubb, DanielleORCID iD for Chubb, Danielle
McAllister, Ian
Editor(s) Chubb, DanielleORCID iD for Chubb, Danielle
McAllister, Ian
Publication date 2020
Edition 1st
Total pages 247
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan (Springer Nature Singapore)
Place of Publication Gateway East, Singapore
Keyword(s) Political Science
public opinion
Australian foreign policy
democratic decision making
Asia Pacific diplomacy
Australia and Asia
Summary This book examines the impact of Australian public opinion towards defence and foreign policy from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. For most of this period, the public showed little interest in defence and security policy and possessed limited knowledge about the strategic options available. The principal post-war exception to this pattern is, of course, the Vietnam War, when political divisions over Australia’s support for the U.S.-led action eventually resulted in the withdrawal of troops in 1972. The period since 2001 has seen a fundamental change both in the public’s views of defence and foreign affairs, and in how these issues are debated by political elites. This has come about as a result of major changes in the strategic environment such as a heightened public awareness of terrorism, party political divisions over Australia’s military commitment to the 2003-11 Iraq War and the increasing overlap of economic and trade considerations with defence and foreign policies, which has increased the public’s interest in these issues. Combining the expertise of one of Australia's foremost scholars of public opinion with that of an expert of international relations, particularly as pertains to Australia in Asia, this book will be a critical read for those wishing to understand Australia's alliance with the U.S., interactions with Asia and China, and the distinctive challenges posed to Australia by its geographic position.
ISBN 9811573964
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-981-15-7397-2
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Field of Research 1606 Political Science
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
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