Internationalism, Militarism, and IO Influence on Public Opinion in China, Brazil, Japan, and Sweden

32 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2022

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Clara H. Suong

Virginia Tech, Department of Political Science

Scott Desposato

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Erik Gartzke

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science

Date Written: August 25, 2022

Abstract

Recent work shows that international organizations (IOs) affect public attitudes toward the use of force, but this work has two important limitations. One is that previous work focuses narrowly on attitudes in developed democracies, and scholars have not yet examined whether findings generalize to the developing world and to non-democracies. A second limitation is that scholars have not yet resolved the origins of IOs' e ffects - why publics respond to signals from IOs. In this paper, we contribute to these questions with a survey experiment conducted in four countries: Brazil, China, Japan, and Sweden. We show that respondents in each of these countries respond to IO cues and that their sensitivity to IO cues is driven by individuals' beliefs in cooperative and militant internationalism and isolationism.

Keywords: International Organizations, Public Opinion, Experimental Research, International Conflict, Political Psychology

Suggested Citation

Suong, Clara and Desposato, Scott and Gartzke, Erik, Internationalism, Militarism, and IO Influence on Public Opinion in China, Brazil, Japan, and Sweden (August 25, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4262069 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4262069

Clara Suong (Contact Author)

Virginia Tech, Department of Political Science ( email )

Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

Scott Desposato

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

Erik Gartzke

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
Code 0521
La Jolla, CA 92093-0521
United States

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