This book, first published in 1985, analyses the polarization of popular opinion over NATO defence policies during the latter years of the Cold War. In many countries, the domestic consensus that once supported Allied policies came close to collapsing, and this study examines the question of the democratization of defence policy. It explores four themes for each of the Allied countries: views of the Soviet Union; deterrence; security; and the Allies. A rigorous and systematic analysis of the raw data allows for easy cross-national comparisons.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Britain: Two and a Half Cheers for the Atlantic Alliance Ivor Crewe 3. France: Attachment to a Non-Binding Relationship Renata Fristch-Bournazel 4. The Federal Republic of Germany: Much Ado About (Almost) Nothing Hans Rattinger 5. Public Opinion and Atlantic Defence in Italy Sergio A. Rossi 6. Public Opinion on Nuclear Weapons, Defence and Security: the Case of the Netherlands Philip P. Everts 7. Norwegian Attitudes Towards Defence and Foreign Policy Issues Ragnar Waldahl 8. Peace and Strength: American Public Opinion on National Security William Schneider 9. The Public and Atlantic Defence Gregory Flynn and Hans Rattinger
Gregory Flynn and Hans Rattinger