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The Persian Gulf crisis may well have been the most extensively polled episode in U.S. history as President Bush, his opponents, and even Saddam Hussein appealed to, and tried to influence, public opinion. As well documented as this phenomenon was, it remains largely unexplained. John Mueller provides an account of the complex relationship between American policy and public opinion during the Gulf crisis.

Mueller analyzes key issues: the actual shallowness of public support for war; the effect of public opinion on the media (rather than the other way around); the use and misuse of polls by policy makers; the American popular focus on Hussein's ouster as a central purpose of the War; and the War's short-lived impact on voting. Of particular interest is Mueller's conclusion that Bush succeeded in leading the country to war by increasingly convincing the public that it was inevitable, rather than right or wise.

Throughout, Mueller, author of War, Presidents, and Public Opinion, an analysis of public opinion during the Korean and Vietnam wars, places this analysis of the Gulf crisis in a broad political and military context, making comparisons to wars in Panama, Vietnam, Korea, and the Falklands, as well as to World War II and even the War of 1812. The book also collects nearly 300 tables charting public opinion through the Gulf crisis, making Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War an essential reference for anyone interested in recent American politics, foreign policy, public opinion, and survey research.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-362) and indexes.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Preface

Ch. 1: A Perspective on Public Opinion

Ch. 2: The Approach to War: Data

Ch. 3: The Approach to War: Conclusions and Comparisons

Ch. 4: War

Ch. 5: The War's Aftermath

Ch. 6: Electoral Consequences of the War

Ch. 7: Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War

Ch. 8: The War in Retrospect: Policy Debates

Ch. 9: The Decline of the War as a Memorable Event

List of Tables

Note on Conventions Used in Tables

The Tables

Notes

References

Name Index

Subject Index

Figures

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226545653
Author:
Mueller, John
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Persian gulf war, 1991
Subject:
Public opinion -- United States.
Subject:
Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- Public opinion.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- United States.
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Edition Description:
1
Series:
American Politics and Political Economy Series
Series Volume:
bk. 8
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 maps, 288 tables
Pages:
398
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Peace and War
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

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