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This paper, based on a ceremonial lecture, develops three main arguments. First, we know far more today about public opinion globally than we have ever known before. Second, foreign policy is becoming a less cloistered, elite-dominated arena of public policy. Third, all of this has implications for transatlantic relations. On most questions of values – including those which underpin US foreign policy – Americans are more alike than different from one another, and both exceptional and distinct from Europeans. On questions of policy, the real divide is often not between Europe and America, but between American Republicans and everybody else. One consequence of the polarisation of American society is that American Democrats share many views on policy that are ‘European’ in nature.

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Charlie Jeffery, Fiona Mackay and Clare Duncanson following JP's inaugural lecture on 10 Oct 06.  Young Calum Peterson in the robes! 


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