The Legacy of the Marshall Plan: American Public Support for Foreign Aid

  • Robert Shapiro
Part of the Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series book series (EIT)


This article reviews the post-World War II shift of American public opinion away from isolationism. With the high level of public support for the Marshall Plan, and with the perceived success of the Plan and other American policies, the American public has been supportive of foreign aid proposals and policies initiated by its political leaders, despite misperceptions to the contrary. Americans have continued to make clear distinctions between and among different types of foreign assistance and other policies, involving friends and foes alike.


Public Opinion Foreign Policy Public Support World Affair Foreign Assistance 
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