The Domestic Sources of International Reputation

Michael A. Goldfien, Michael F. Joseph, Roseanne W. McManus

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Existing research finds that leaders develop international reputations based on their past behavior on the international stage. We argue that leaders' domestic choices can also influence their international reputations, perhaps as much as their past foreign policy decisions do. Using formal theory and intuitive argumentation, we develop an overarching framework to predict how much any domestic choice will affect a leader's international reputation. We theorize that certain domestic choices can inform expectations about future international crisis behavior based on the extent to which (1) the costs at stake are similar to those of an international crisis and (2) the domestic issue is salient relative to foreign policy. We use conjoint experiments and other evidence to show that many domestic choices have significant international reputational effects. There is some evidence that the reputational effect of certain domestic choices may equal that of fighting in a previous international crisis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-628
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Political Science Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 19 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


Dive into the research topics of 'The Domestic Sources of International Reputation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this