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Interest Groups And The Media In Post-Cold War U.S. Foreign Policy, James M. Mccormick Jan 1998

Interest Groups And The Media In Post-Cold War U.S. Foreign Policy, James M. Mccormick

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How successful are interest groups in shaping American foreign policy? How successful are the media in affecting foreign affairs? During the cold war, the usual answer to both questions was "not much." With the exception of some ethnic and economic groups under speciiic circumstances, most analysts would conclude that interest groups did not fare very well, and the media largely played a supportive role to official policy, at least until the Vietnam War.1 With the end of the cold war, however, are the answers to these questions likely to be the same?

In this chapter, I discuss the access ...