Understanding Attitudes About War

Falls in the must-read category for all serious students of attitudes toward war and interstate relations. . . . [Their] careful analysis of the correlational patterns in the data yields provocative and testable hypotheses for future work.
American Political Science Review

Choice 1997 Outstanding Academic BookWhy have some traditional cold warriors opposed involvement in Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, while many vocal critics of the Vietnam war supported the use of U.S. forces in Somalia, Haiti, and the Balkans? What do these debates tell us about American attitudes toward the use of military force to achieve foreign policy goals? The authors examine the ethical and moral underpinnings of U.S. international relations by exploring the attitudes of decision makers and foreign policy elites toward war. Their unique contribution is to bring together the various doctrines in the literature and to characterize them using behavioral methodologies, in an attempt to bring normative questions back into the mainstream of political science.

248 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

June, 1996

isbn : 9780822955856

about the authors

Gregory G. Brunk

Gregory G. Brunk has graduate degrees in political science, economics, and history.

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Gregory G. Brunk
Donald Secrest

Gregory G. Brunk has graduate degrees in political science, economics, and history.

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Donald Secrest
Howard Tamashiro

Howard Tamashiro is associate professor of political science at Allegheny College.

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Howard Tamashiro