By William Bloom
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year: 1990
Online Publication Date:June 2011
Chapter DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511558955.007
This final chapter assesses the analysis as a whole. It begins with a general appraisal of the original intentions of the analysis. It then addresses the various methodological criticisms that can be raised against it before proceeding to draw out some of the policy implications. It concludes with a few general and philosophical comments.
The purpose of this research is to make explicit a dynamic identification theory and then, using it as the analytical tool for aggregating from individual attitudes and behaviour to group attitude and behaviour, to give the mass national citizenry a methodologically coherent status in international political theory. In the introductory passage of the first chapter, I raised four questions that required satisfactory answers before such a status could be bestowed upon mass national publics. These were: