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Communication

1986

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Manipulation Or Education? : Symbolic Language, Belief System And The Truman Doctrine, John Gunn Tilson Jan 1986

Manipulation Or Education? : Symbolic Language, Belief System And The Truman Doctrine, John Gunn Tilson

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The question arises in the analysis of foreign policy decision making regarding how consensus or approval by the public is attained for policies. Some authors have suggested that consensus is obtained through the manipulation of opinion by decision makers. One case often cited as an example of manipulation is the 1947 announcement of the Truman Doctrine.

In determining the validity of these arguments a review was conducted of the language of the doctrine and the interpretations of newspaper columnists. In addition, a review of personal documents of the decision makers was conducted to determine their impressions.

The data compiled from ...