Building: Dearing Building Room: Room B43
This workshop intends to move forward the discussion over state the role of public opinion in foreign policy, approximately 20 years after the last ECPR workshop on such an issue. Three are the reasons that make such a workshop timely and relevant. The first reason is theoretical. It has to do with the progress of the debate on both the sources, correlates and effects of public opinion on foreign and security policy. In the last 20 years, several new theoretical and methodological developments have contributed to progress in the way we know and study these topics. The second reason is empirical. We have now many more comparative high quality survey data than in the 1990s. As a consequence of the globalization of public opinion studies (Heath, Fisher and Smith, 2005), new comparative projects have been launched, such as the Transatlantic Trends Survey, the PEW Global Attitudes Project, the Globscan PIPA Project. They have increased the amount of data available over time and enlarged the scope of the comparison, to include new countries. Last, but not the least, in the last two decades, the interest for public opinion and foreign policy has dramatically increased as a consequence in the 2000s of 9/11 and its aftermath and in the 2010s as a consequence of the growing challenges to the borders of the EU and of the economic crisis, the EU has undertaken a process of radical reconsideration of the entire integration process. As a consequence of the twofold challenges without (Ukraine, Libya, Syria, Turkey, etc.) and within (the economic and financial crisis; the lack of capacity for a coherent and compassionate refugee policy) the EU borders, European foreign and security policy has gained a growing attention.