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Pacifists and Their Publics: The Politics of a Peace Movement
Midwest Journal of Political Science
Vol. 13, No. 2 (May, 1969), pp. 298-312
Published by: Midwest Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2110180
Page Count: 15
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The effectiveness of pacifists in mobilizing public opinion in order to affect foreign policy in the thirties was largely a function of the dynamics of the peace movement itself and, in particular, of the relationship between the constituencies of each peace society and the specific publics it cultivated. Pacifists depended upon certain coordinating agencies whose appearance of representing a broad peace coalition gave them access to national civic and interest groups. When the peace movement split into pacifist and collective security wings over neutrality policy, the image of coalition was broken, and the coordinating agencies lost importance to publics and pacifists alike. The latter increasingly represented constituent rather than public interest.
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