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Critical Masses and Critical Choices


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Kerry G. Herron is a research scientist and adjunct professor at the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.


"Critical Masses and Critical Choices contains a gold mine of data on public attitudes concerning security threats and terrorism and how the public balances the issue of liberty versus security. In this important book, Herron and Jenkins-Smith provide us with a careful analysis of a unique and valuable set of data about public policy preferences and beliefs as they examine the changing nature of security threats from the end of the Cold War through the rise of global terror threats."
--Neil J. Mitchell, University of Aberdeen
"Since Converse's seminal essay in 1964, political scientists have argued over whether the general public has relatively coherent policy belief systems linking severity and causes of a problem, political ideology, and the probable impacts of policy alternatives. Most traditionalists--myself included--have concluded that they don't. The evidence presented in this book suggests that we are wrong. And wrong in a policy domain, national security, where a tradition of secrecy and lack of personal experience make it especially difficult for the
general public to develop informed preferences."
--Paul Sabatier, University of California, Davis
"This is an important book for anyone interested in American public opinion and the critical national security choices that face this country today."
--Stanley Renshon, The City University of New York

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