Gelpi, Christopher, 1966-

Paying the human costs of war : American public opinion and casualties in military conflicts / Christopher Gelpi, Peter D. Feaver, Jason Reifler. - Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, ©2009. - 1 online resource (xiv, 289 pages) : illustrations - JSTOR eBooks .

Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-282) and index.

Theories of American attitudes toward warfare -- America's tolerance for casualties, 1950-2006 -- Measuring individual attitudes toward military conflict -- Experimental evidence on attitudes toward military conflict -- Individual attitudes toward the Iraq War, 2003-2004 -- Iraq the vote: war and the presidential election of 2004 -- The sources and meaning of success in Iraq -- Conclusion.

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"From the Korean War to the current conflict in Iraq, Paying the Human Costs of War examines the ways in which the American public decides whether to support the use of military force. Contrary to the conventional view, the authors demonstrate that the public does not respond reflexively and solely to the number of casualties in a conflict. Instead, the book argues that the public makes reasoned and reasonable cost-benefit calculations for their continued support of a war based on the justifications for it and the likelihood it will succeed, along with the costs that have been suffered in casualties. Of these factors, the book finds that the most important consideration for the public is the expectation of success. If the public believes that a mission will succeed, the public will support it even if the costs are high. When the public does not expect the mission to succeed, even small costs will cause the withdrawal of support"--Provided by publisher.

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War casualties--Public opinion.--United States
War and society--United States.
Public opinion--United States.

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