Cultural Similarity, Foreign Policy Actions, and Regime Perception: An Experimental Study of International Cues and Democratic Peace Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examines previous explanations of democratic peace in light of sociocultural factors and foreign policy actions that influence public perceptions of another country. Two experiments assessed the effects of relevant sociocultural and foreign policy action cues on perception of the regime type of a target nation and on public approval of the use of force. The findings suggest that sociocultural cues affect regime perception. Moreover, perceived similarity of a target nation and foreign policy actions are significant determinants of the public approval of the use of force in addition to perceptions of regime type.

published proceedings

  • Political Psychology

author list (cited authors)

  • Geva, N., & Hanson, D. C.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Geva, Nehemia||Hanson, D Christopher

publication date

  • December 1999