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Divided Over Internationalism: The Canadian Public and Development Assistance


  • Alain Noël
  • Jean-Philippe Thérien
  • Sébastien Dallaire


This analysis of public opinion toward foreign aid shows that Canadians are divided over internationalism, on two counts. First, while most citizens agree that development assistance is important, their support often remains shallow, unmatched by a commitment to undertake concrete actions. Second, the attitudes that Canadians hold toward development assistance indicate that there is a division in the country's public between liberal and conservative internationalists, a cleavage that is anchored in domestic ideological and partisan differences. Comparable to what is found in other countries, the internationalism of Canadians does not appear as vigorous and as consensual as is often suggested.

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  • Alain Noël & Jean-Philippe Thérien & Sébastien Dallaire, 2004. "Divided Over Internationalism: The Canadian Public and Development Assistance," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 30(1), pages 29-45, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:30:y:2004:i:1:p:29-45

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    1. Noël, Alain & Thérien, Jean-Philippe, 1995. "From domestic to international justice: the welfare state and foreign aid," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 49(3), pages 523-553, July.
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