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dc.contributor.advisorHyland, Eddie
dc.contributor.authorDevine, Karen M.
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-14T15:28:18Z
dc.date.available2016-12-14T15:28:18Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.citationKaren M. Devine, 'Public opinion and Irish neutrality : a theoretical and empirical test of the 'rational public' hypothesis', [thesis], Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of Political Science, 2007, pp 326
dc.identifier.otherTHESIS 8160
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/78346
dc.description.abstractOpinion polls have consistently shown that public opinion in Ireland is strongly in favour of neutrality. There is a significant discourse in the media and in academic texts which argues that Irish neutrality is a ‘myth’ and that public opinion in support of Irish neutrality cannot be ‘rational’ - it is ‘emotional’ and ‘confused’. This paradox of strong public attachment to a concept that does not exist (according to media and academic discourse), is the puzzle this thesis attempts to solve. There is a new debate in public opinion and foreign policy (POFP) literature concerning the ‘rational public’ thesis that argues that public foreign policy preferences are based on a sensible and coherent structure of core beliefs and values. This study evaluates public opinion on Irish neutrality against the ‘rational public’ hypothesis, contributing the first theoretical and empirical study of public opinion and Irish neutrality and providing additional fuel to the ‘rational public’ debate. It adds a unique case-study to the wider body of POFP literature that is dominated by analyses of public opinion in larger states, particularly the United States.
dc.format1 volume
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherTrinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of Political Science
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://stella.catalogue.tcd.ie/iii/encore/record/C__Rb12936493
dc.subjectPolitical Science, Ph.D.
dc.subjectPh.D. Trinity College Dublin
dc.titlePublic opinion and Irish neutrality : a theoretical and empirical test of the 'rational public' hypothesis
dc.typethesis
dc.type.supercollectionthesis_dissertations
dc.type.supercollectionrefereed_publications
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
dc.rights.ecaccessrightsopenAccess
dc.format.extentpaginationpp 326
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