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Issue Salience in International Politics

1st Edition

Edited by Kai Oppermann, Henrike Viehrig


304 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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This book analyses the salience of foreign and security policy issues to domestic actors, its role in the analysis of international politics and its consequences for foreign policy decision-making. It provides a comprehensive and systematic overview of issue salience and develops the state of the art.

Beginning with a chapter on the concept of issue salience and its role in analysing international politics, it has a strong comparative framework and focuses on different domestic actors: the general public; political parties/parliaments; and the media. It features empirical studies drawn from countries in Western Europe and North America and addresses the salience of different issue areas in three key areas of international politics:

    • European Integration
    • Foreign and Security Policy
    • Transatlantic Relations

Finally the book offers critical appraisals of the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of issue salience and the methods for measuring it.

This volume makes an important contribution to scholarly debates on the role of public opinion in foreign affairs and on the prospects of parliamentary control of foreign and security policy. It will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, international relations and foreign policy.


Kai Oppermann is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Political Science and European Affairs, University of Cologne, Germany and the Managing Editor of Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik.

Dr. Henrike Viehrig is Assistant Professor and Chair of International Politics and Foreign Policy at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1.Analyzing Issue Salience in International Politics: Theoretical Foundations and Methodological Approaches Kai Oppermann and Catherine E. de Vries Public Opinion 2. Two Indicators, One Conclusion: On the Public Salience of Foreign Affairs in Germany Before and After Reunification Harald Schoen 3.Familiarity Breeds Consent: Issue Salience and Support for the Use of Military Force Philip Everts 4. Issue Salience, Political Affiliation and the Use of Force: Germany in Comparative Perspective Jörg Jacobs 5. Salience as Priming: A Latent Class Regression Approach to EU Issue Voting in England Marco R. Steenbergen 6.How Does a Threat Become Salient? The Case of Swine Flu in Sweden Roxanna Sjöstedt Intermediary Actors: The Media and Political Parties 7.Integrating Salience and Interpretation: A Constructivist Approach to Media Framing in the Post-Cold War Era Josef Seethaler and Gabriele Melischek 8. The Salience of Frames and their Effects on the Support for CFSP and Supranational Policy Allocation Claes H. de Vreese and Thomas Klausch 9.EU Media Salience, Instrumental Thinking and Identification with the EU Florian Stöckel 10. Experts Mistaken? The Salience of European Integration in Austrian National Election Campaigns in 2006 and 2008 Sarah Meyer 11. EU Issue Salience and Domestic Party Competition Catherine E. de Vries and Marc van de Wardt Political Elites 12.The Cognitive Dimension of Parliamentary Influence: Trends in the Salience of Foreign Affairs Issues in the German Bundestag, 2005–10 Thomas Jäger, Kai Oppermann, Alexander Höse and Henrike Viehrig 13.Salient Issues in German Foreign Policy: Results from a 2009 Elite Survey Henning Riecke 14.The Salience of European Affairs in the United States Congress Alexander Höse 15.An Actor-Based Measure of Issue Salience: Information Acquisition and the Case of the United States Supreme Court Ryan C. Black, Amanda C. Bryan and Timothy R. Johnson Conclusion 16. Analyzing Issue Salience in International Politics: Preliminary Findings and Open Questions Henrike Viehrig and Kai Oppermann

About the Editors

Kai Oppermann and Henrike Viehrig are Assistant Professors at the Institute for Political Science and European Affairs, University of Cologne, Germany

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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