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American Foreign Policy and the Politics of Fear: Threat Inflation Since 9/ 11 A. Trevor Thrall Paperback

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American Foreign Policy and the Politics of Fear: Threat Inflation Since 9/ 11   A. Trevor Thrall   Paperback

American Foreign Policy and the Politics of Fear: Threat Inflation Since 9/ 11 A. Trevor Thrall Paperback


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This edited volume addresses the issue of threat inflation in American foreign policy and domestic politics. The Bush administration's aggressive campaign to build public support for an invasion of Iraq reheated fears about the president's ability to manipulate the public, and many charged the administration with 'threat inflation', duping the news media and misleading the public into supporting the war under false pretences.Presenting the latest research, these essays seek to answer the question of why threat inflation occurs and when it will be successful. Simply defined, it is the effort by elites to create concern for a threat that goes beyond the scope and urgency that disinterested analysis would justify. More broadly, the process concerns how elites view threats, the political uses of threat inflation, the politics of threat framing among competing elites, and how the public interprets and perceives threats via the news media.The war with Iraq gets special attention in this volu...

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