Political Science International Relations Job Candidate – Caitlin McCulloch

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 1:00PM, Palmer 230

“When Does the Public Care? The Importance of Security Policy to the Public”

What mobilizes the public to demand their leaders take action in other countries experiencing conflict? I use paired public opinion surveys and elite policymaker interviews from the Republic of Georgia to explore when the public demands intervention in other countries. I show through survey evidence that the public wants intervention in external conflict cases if those cases were covered by the media and trigger feelings of group solidarity. Then using evidence from my elite interviews, I establish the public as an actor whom elites listen to in these rare, yet salient cases.

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