The foreign policy beliefs of political campaign contributors: A post-ColdWar analysis

Citation
E. Aguilar et al., The foreign policy beliefs of political campaign contributors: A post-ColdWar analysis, SOC SCI Q, 82(1), 2001, pp. 89-104
Citations number
20
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY
ISSN journal
0038-4941 → ACNP
Volume
82
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
89 - 104
Database
ISI
SICI code
0038-4941(200103)82:1<89:TFPBOP>2.0.ZU;2-D
Abstract
Objective. In this article we address Mo questions raised by the literature on the structure of foreign policy beliefs. First, has the end of the Cold War brought about any major changes in these belief systems? Second, how d o ideology and economic interests shape these beliefs? Methods. We analyze data from a 1996 survey of U.S. presidential campaign contributors conducte d by the Ray Bliss Center to determine the foreign policy belief systems of contributors. We then compare those results to the belief systems Found in a 1988 survey of contributors. Results. We find that Cold War belief syste ms are quite durable. There was surprisingly little change in the structure or content of contributors' foreign policy beliefs between 1988 and 1996. We also find that both ideology and economic interests help shape these bel iefs and examine the circumstances under which each of these two considerat ions appears to have the most important effects. Conclusions. Policymakers face new challenges since the end of che Cold War, but domestic political e lites still approach foreign policy with a Cold War perspective. Also, alth ough ideology is very important in determining how individuals chink about foreign policy material interests also make a difference for campaign contr ibutors.